Chancellor Sebastian Kurz reveals plan for the “free mass testing” in January

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Chancellor Sebastian Kurz explained how “Freitesten” works in January. Different rules apply in gastronomy than in tourism.

The new year is just around the corner and Austria is in lockdown. This will not change in the first weeks of January.

From 18 January, however, all Austrians can “free” themselves from the lockdown with a negative Corona test, or they will have to live with the 24-hour curfews for another week. Restaurants, hotels, and sports and cultural facilities also open on this day.

However, a legal regulation on free-testing is still pending. However, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz explained in “ZiB2” how the concept should work.

At cultural and sporting events, cinemas and hotels – in other words, wherever a ticket or registration slip is required – a negative test must be presented, which must not be older than 48 hours.

A negative test is also required for visits to restaurants, but it may be up to one week old. Control is different than in tourism. Here, the health authorities will carry out spot checks. Police assistance may also be requested. Recently, there had been a dispute in the government about who would control the regulation.

Kurz stressed, however, that it was a “misconception” that restaurants would be able to open without restrictions. Here, too, there will have to be supporting measures. So that probably means an earlier closing time again, as well as compliance with the distance rules.

“I know there are many critics, but if we want to have more freedom, then we have to rely on these tests,” Kurz emphasized.

Source: heute.at/picture: pixabay-com

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