Hacker: The end of the corona measures is also a realistic option in Vienna

A possible end to all corona measures later this year and thus also the obligation to wear a mask has now also been commented on by Vienna’s City Councilor for Health, Peter Hacker. It’s quite a “realistic option”.

VIENNA. Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) recently announced that he wanted to lift all corona measures this year and return to normal. This would also mean that Covid-19 would soon not be a notifiable disease and that all Corona laws and regulations would soon come to an end over the course of the year.

“Corona measures are not an end in themselves, they should be abolished when they are no longer needed,” emphasized Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) to “Krone”. Health Minister Rauch also sees further measures, such as an end to the mask requirement in Vienna or a End of free tests for people without symptoms.

A realistic option

The first cautious signals are coming from the federal capital in this regard. Compared to the “Standard”, Vienna’s City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker (SPÖ) emphasized that this would be a realistic option. However, a specific date has not yet been set. “If nothing unexpected happens, you can aim for the goal of returning to normality in 2023,” Hacker emphasizes.

However, the current regulation is still valid in Vienna until February 28th. It is nevertheless unlikely that the mask requirement in the federal capital will fall before this date. “Until then, the measures will be evaluated further,” says the federal capital. Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) is now hoping for a mask off in spring.

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