After a conference with the provincial governors, the Turkish-Green government on Friday evening tightened the Corona measures around Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Austria. Thus, according to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 25) a Christmas party in a small circle with a maximum of ten people is allowed. From the 26th, however, the contact and curfew restrictions already apply again.
On New Year’s Eve, the curfew will be lifted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., but the contact restrictions will continue to apply. A maximum of two households will therefore be allowed to meet on December 31. Chancellor Kurz made it clear in his statement that the lockdown had had its effect, but that the Corona figures in Austria were still far too high.
In view of the still high infection figures, the VP chief also stated that relaxations in the country were “still a long way off.” Instead, Kurz already expects the Corona situation to worsen again after the turn of the year, with the threat of a third wave. The direction is a good one, he said, but “we are far from a general easing.”
In short, “I rather expect that we will have to make an effort to ensure that the third wave does not hit us hard at the beginning of January.” Especially in the “private sector” the contagion is high, according to the 34-year-old. In addition, the coronavirus does not stop at the holidays. “The pandemic is anything but over,” he said. In the months of January, February and March, Austria would face “hard times.”
From January 8 to 10 (in Vienna until January 17), the second round of Corona mass tests would then take place in the provinces. At the press conference, Chancellor Kurz and Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler once again appealed to the population to participate in the current mass tests.
- hp, with reports from heute.at and news agencies, picture: pixabay.com
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