Because three government MPs are sick, the Federal Council’s blockade of the epidemic and covid measures law announced by the opposition will now take place after all.
The Federal Council’s blockade of the Epidemic and Covid Measures Act announced by the opposition will now take place after all. Since three of their mandataries are ill, the ÖVP and the Greens do not have a majority in the regional chamber. The two mandataries of the SPÖ Burgenland, who wanted to help the decision to breakthrough by not taking part in the vote, cannot change anything. It’s 29 to 27 for the veto. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) urgently warned against this.
If access tests and mandatory occupational group tests are not possible for eight weeks, this would be “a massive step backwards in combating the spread of the worst pandemic in a hundred years,” said Anschober in a broadcast on Tuesday. He called on the opposition to refrain from “party tactical decisions” “in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic”.
Because of illnesses: Federal Council blocks epidemic law
A – too small – part would have done this: Originally it was planned that the 30 MPs from the ÖVP and the Greens would win the vote 30-29 with the help of the two red Burgenlanders. The Burgenland Governor Hans-Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) had only this morning at a press conference in Eisenstadt confirmed that he stands by this approach. In view of the situation in the intensive care units, it is “the stupidest time to block important legal framework conditions for party-political reasons,” said Doskozil.
Red MPs from Vienna will not follow the example of Burgenland, as the APA learned from the Vienna SPÖ. She has five mandates in the regional chamber. This would mean that the blockade would be suspended if there were also non-participation here. However, the upcoming delay has no impact on the measures planned in Vienna. Because the regulation for the lockdown extension will be issued independently. And the tests for retail are no longer an issue in Vienna for the time being due to the longer shop closings.
Amendment as the legal basis for access tests in retail
The amendment to the Epidemic and Covid Measures Act is the legal basis for the corona access tests initially planned from April 7th to 10th in retail in eastern Austria, as well as for the heavily controversial legislative changes that Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) recently initiated Has. Accordingly, a meeting with more than four people can be declared an event in the future. The law also regulates the “Green Pass”, which is intended to enable immunized people to access services and events in the future. The blockade has now delayed the legislative package by eight weeks.
Corona situation in Austria