Corona: From Monday onwards it will be serious again – what counts now

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The situation is confusing. Not so much with the increasing corona numbers, but with the measures taken against it. Austrian Press presents an overview of the present situation:

How critical is the situation in Austria?

The number of daily new infections has been rising steadily in recent weeks. On Friday there were 580 throughout Austria, most of them in Vienna. According to Health Minister Rudolf Anschober, the rate of increase is 1.86 percent on a four-day average, in other countries (e.g. the Czech Republic) it is significantly higher. Nevertheless, the minister warns: “The current infection figures are too high.

What would be tightened again in the next weeks?

Starting Monday, 0 o’clock, the following applies throughout Austria: Mouth and nose protection is now mandatory in all customer areas in closed rooms in retail, service and government transactions. The mask obligation applies likewise to Gastro service personnel, consumption in the bar section is no longer permitted. In schools, the mask obligation applies outside the classrooms. Events are also massively restricted: Indoors only 50 persons are allowed, outside 100 persons. For large events with a professional concept and with assigned seats, the limit is 1,500 and 3,000 seats respectively.

And what does the City of Vienna want?

The city is reintroducing compulsory masks at markets and in the corridors of the official buildings. The city can take these measures itself, and the public authorities will be even more vigilant in monitoring compliance. Due to the rising number of infections and the fact that more and more elderly people have recently become infected with the virus, the city wants to be able to decide for itself to take more stringent measures, such as mouth and nose protection for restaurant guests on their way to the table. So far, this has only been legally possible to a limited extent. Health city councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ) therefore welcomes the tightening of the federal regulations.

Why do we still need the Corona traffic light?

“The traffic light is a simplifying translation attempt of the risk assessment,” Anschober emphasized on Friday. However, the nationwide measures that have now been implemented will make it even more difficult to orientate oneself to it. Because the planned obligation to wear masks in the trade and the restrictions on events are actually measures that would only have applied from traffic light color orange (high risk).

What does the tightening of regulations mean in concrete terms for the organizers of larger events?

That is still unclear. “The regulation is currently in the final stages of preparation and approval,” the ministry says. The Vienna election campaign could also be affected.

— Hector Pascua, Source: gesundheitsministerium.at Picture: stockilyapp.com

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