After the Federation of Industry, the Vorarlberg Economic Association is also calling for concrete opening steps for the sectors that are still blocked. In addition, the interest group advocates reactivating the coronavirus traffic light for regional measures and the recognition of the “living room tests” as entry tests for the economy.
“It is now time to communicate concrete opening steps for the sectors that are still blocked,” demanded Wirtschaftsbund director Jürgen Kessler in a broadcast on Sunday. The economy had done everything necessary in the past few months, “spared no expense and effort done their homework with comprehensive security and prevention concepts, “says Kessler. The current infection situation in Vorarlberg allows for concrete opening steps to be discussed earlier than in other federal states and for companies to be clear.
Closed for 111 days
Kessler underpinned the demand by referring to a survey by the Market Institute, according to which 81 percent of all respondents would speak out in favor of opening the catering trade with security requirements. Gastronomy and the hotel industry have already closed for 111 days and are “without sales”, but “with fixed costs and with the uncertainty of when it will start again”, says Kessler.
This makes further opening steps before Easter and a further expansion of the test options all the more important. With stricter distance rules, FFP2 masks and greatly expanded test roads, Kessler was convinced that “instruments against the virus are in hand that are also effective”.
Kessler: “Living room tests” could relieve test streets
In order to make opening steps possible, the Wirtschaftsbund advocates reactivating the coronavirus traffic light for regional measures and the recognition of the “living room tests” as admission tickets for visits to taverns, hotels and hairdressers.
The self-tests will be available free of charge in pharmacies from March 1st, emphasizes Kessler: “It is time to accept these tests too and to define rules that recognize these test options.”