The government wants to take new opening steps from July. An important point for Chancellor Kurz: the FFP2 mask requirement should finally fall.
Corona bang on Wednesday evening! Surprisingly, the government has called a large press conference for Thursday morning. As early as 8.15 am, Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) want to speak about “further opening steps in July” – “Today“will of course report LIVE!
What exactly will come is not yet clear. As “Today” found out in advance, Kurz & Co. should have good news in their luggage. With July 1st, further easing should come! After the last opening steps in May and June, only a few restrictions remained, now the red pencil is being applied here as well.
The previous plans speak of the elimination of all contact restrictions in the summer and massive relief in the area of the badly battered gastronomy. Corona curfew, minimum distance and person limits at the tables should end, and the FFP2 mask could soon be a thing of the past, as the 3G rule will remain as an access barrier for customers.
FFP2 end also in stores
Something similar stands for retail in space. Without the FFP2 mask, however, there is likely to be a return to mouth and nose protection, as the 3-G rule cannot be applied here. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had already spoken out in favor of such a relief in a “Today” interview at the end of May: “Putting on a mask for 20 minutes as a customer can not be such a big problem. For someone who works in the field eight or Wearing a mask for ten hours is something completely different. “
Square meter rule
The trade association, however, vehemently calls for an end to the ten-square-meter rule, which massively restricts the number of customers allowed in the store based on the sales area. “Despite increasing summer temperatures, this is more important than removing your mask immediately,” said chairman Rainer Will “Today”. There have been plans for this at least at the Ministry of Social Affairs for a long time, but it is still unclear whether this rule will fall by July.
Night gastronomy revival?
After almost 500 days in the lockdown hole, there could soon be another flare-up in night-time dining. Clubs and discos have been closed since March 2020, and from July they could finally open their doors again in compliance with the 3-G rule. Dancing and drinking at the bar – that should also be possible again.
A lifting of the person limit for events from July is also under discussion. The seat requirement could soon be omitted, maybe there will finally be a decent rock concert again …
Does Delta Virus Wreck Summer?
However, a glance at our European neighbors dampens expectations. In Great Britain, the Delta variant, formerly known as the India mutant, is spreading so massively that the British have postponed the summer opening by a month. The more aggressive virus mutations have also been found in Germany and Austria.