The travel warning is not at all binding for lawyers. Tyrol’s LH Günther Platter (ÖVP) considered the designation “wrong”. And the NEOS saw them as a blatant weakness in the leadership of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).
“Legally that is exactly nothing,” said administrative lawyer Karl Stöger on Monday in an interview with the APA. It is only a recommendation that should serve to increase awareness. Stöger, who specializes in medical law, does not hold back from criticizing the measure and speaks of an “act of political despair”. The government could have made legal binding again with steps based on the Covid-19 Measures Act. For example traffic restrictions, as they already applied in the case of Tyrol. Restrictions are only effective if connecting lines are consistently interrupted. “It is a question of political will,” Stöger merely notes.
For another reason, however, Platter could not do much with the travel warning for his state. The federal government’s call for “general mobility restrictions” is correct, but the designation travel warning within Austria is “wrong”, the country chief announced in a broadcast. After all, the state itself is calling on all its citizens to have as little mobility as possible and to test as regularly as possible, said Platter.
Unsurprisingly, the NEOS combined the compromise with political criticism of the Federal Chancellor. It is a “placebo policy of a weak leadership”, said health spokesman Abg. Gerald Loacker and added: “ The fact that after 11 months of pandemic there is still no clarity regarding the actual figures shows that the chaotic federal government is not learning anything. The people in Tyrol deserve clear decisions. A non-binding travel warning without consequences does not help anyone continue”.
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