The Federal Council’s blockade of the Epidemic and Covid Measures Act announced by the opposition will fail due to two mandataries from the SPÖ Burgenland. In view of the situation in the intensive care units, it is “the stupidest time to block important legal frameworks for partisan reasons,” says governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) on Sunday in the “Krone”. This means that the entry tests in retail in Eastern Austria can come into effect as planned.
The amendment to the Epidemic and Covid Measures Act is the legal basis for the corona access test initially planned for April 7th to 10th in retail in eastern Austria. The SPÖ, FPÖ and NEOS announced on Friday that they did not agree to the decision in the Federal Council and that with their wafer-thin majority of 31 to 30 mandataries in the regional chamber they would delay the entry into force by eight weeks.
ÖVP and Greens can pass a law
This majority should not come about now, because the two red MPs from Burgenland will leave the room during the vote. The ÖVP and the Greens can therefore also pass the law in the Federal Council.
In the fight against the pandemic, there should also be an appointment between the Ministry of Health and the federal states next week. Doskozil also stated in the “Krone” that it is now a matter of making everything possible across party lines to get through the situation together. Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland had last agreed with Anschober on an Easter lockdown from April 1st to April 6th.
The SPÖ parliamentary club told the APA on Sunday that the SPÖ was against the law because the government was not able to vaccinate the Austrians, while at the same time all those who were not vaccinated would be punished – this was a “mockery” . In any case, the access tests to the trade would have been possible with a red application in the National Council. Accordingly, the so-called living room tests should be recognized as access tests, but the government prevented this. All other measures of the Easter lockdown in the east would have been possible even if the epidemic law had been delayed, it was emphasized.
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COVID19 Doskozil prevents opposition veto corona measures