Exit restrictions, closed trade, distance learning and an FFP2 mask requirement indoors: The corona measures for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland are being tightened. With live stream.
An “Easter rest”, distance learning, PCR tests, an FFP2 mask requirement indoors and much more: The governors of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) and Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) hope to be able to curb the number of infections with the coronavirus and especially with its British mutant after a negotiation marathon with stricter measures – a “cool down”.
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“We are in a very difficult situation in Europe”, with these words, Anschober opened the press conference at 7:30 pm. We are currently “in the third wave, 19 EU member states have rapidly increasing numbers, including Austria”. It is therefore all the more important, on the one hand, to generally lower the numbers again, on the other hand, to prevent overloading of the intensive care units in the hospitals. The latter is currently particularly to be feared in eastern Austria. The main reason: The more contagious, “dynamic” British variant of the coronavirus.
The forecast calculators assumed that this will not change anytime soon – on the contrary: In the next two weeks, the numbers in Vienna in particular are likely to continue to rise and thus the load limit of the stations will be reached or exceeded. These gloomy prospects and the wish “that these tough triages do not come about” have been negotiated very intensively in the past 24 hours, “but not argued”, as Anschober emphasized.
“I am glad that we have taken back the opening steps”, emphasized Anschober, even if he would have liked to have taken a seat in a guest garden himself. The time is not yet ripe for this, but for three other steps: reducing social contacts, massively expanding testing and increasing the use of FFP2 masks. Specifically, that means it from April 1st to 6th in Eastern Austria for a “cool down”, a “breakwater” will come:
- Exit restrictions as around Christmas with the usual exceptions (shopping, visiting the doctor, etc.) are imposed.
- The trade and body-close service providers have to shut down, essential business remains excluded.
- At Crowds Compulsory FFP2 masks will be introduced outdoors.
- commuter from risk areas are more closely controlled: they have to be tested twice a week. There should be more controls at the border.
- A FFP2 mask requirement will also be in closed rooms introduced where more than one person is present.
- Mandatory operational tests once a week and more intensive home offices are introduced.
- In the days after the Easter break, students will be sent via Distance Learning be taught. Then the students should gradually return to the classes – after having carried out a negative PCR test.
- From April 7th it should Entrance tests give in the trade.
“If we don’t see results in a timely manner, we will have to go beyond this package,” added Vienna’s Mayor Ludwig. Six weeks ago the federal capital had good figures, now the tide has turned – a situation that has already been observed in other federal states. One is confident of being able to turn it around again, said the governor. However: “There is an urgency” to act. The next “eight to ten weeks we still have to get through until a larger part of the population is vaccinated” and one can lead a normal life again.
“Up to now we believed that the school would be less affected, we now see it differently,” added Ludwig. It was therefore agreed that not all students should come back to the classes at the same time, or only those who can show a negative test. Because: “The risk of infection there is very high.”
Lower Austria’s governor, Mikl-Leitner, called the measures presented “necessary, correct and important”. Experts had warned urgently of the critical situation in the hospitals: “The virus does not stop at borders,” emphasized Mikl-Leitner. “We made a conscious decision against a two-week lockdown, we made a conscious decision to take a break.”
The press conference is still in progress, the article will be updated continuously.