On Wednesday, the main committee of the National Council passed the Corona Christmas Ordinance with votes from the ÖVP, the Greens and the SPÖ. What is new is that it will be possible to visit the zoo again from December 24th.
On the first two days of Christmas (24th and 25th), there is no mask requirement for parties with family or friends.
Private Christmas parties with a maximum of 10 people and no mask requirement
Ten people are allowed to come together for private Christmas parties on December 24th and 25th. There is no distance and mask requirement, it said in a broadcast by the Ministry of Health. This also applies to extended private living areas such as a barn or garage.
In order to protect against coronavirus infections in old people’s and nursing homes, the wearing of FFP2 protective masks is mandatory for all employees from December 18. Visitors must also wear an FFP2 mask and have a current negative Covid19 test result. Employees are tested twice a week – currently once. The home operators have to provide a test for the residents twice a week.
Zoos are allowed to reopen from December 24th
Wearing mouth and nose protection at the workplace in closed rooms is mandatory. Ski lifts will open on December 24th, gondolas may only be used to 50 percent. Zoos, animal parks and botanical gardens can also be visited from this day. According to the broadcast, what is new is that museums, exhibition halls, libraries, archives and zoos must also have a prevention concept.
In connection with mandatory tests, it is stated that there is no test obligation for people who were verifiably quarantined because of a Covid19 infection in the past three months.
Countries should create MNS obligation for high-traffic public places in the open air
In an additional decree, the federal states will be instructed on Wednesday to create an MNS obligation for heavily frequented public places in the open air, such as shopping streets. The district authorities must clearly mark such places, it said.
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) explained that the third Covid19 protective measures ordinance represents a strong expansion of the MNS obligation and a further strengthening of the protection of residents in old people’s and nursing homes. “We are also creating clear rules for joint private Christmas parties in this exceptional year “said the head of department.
Christmas regulation applies from December 17th to 26th
The third Covid19 Protective Measures Ordinance comes into force on December 17th and is valid until December 26th. Next Tuesday, the main committee will meet again to discuss the rules for New Year’s Eve.