Extended lockdown: Starting Monday, these new rules apply

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Mask requirement and minimum distance are fixed.

As announced by the federal government on Sunday, the new, stricter Corona regulations for the extended lockdown will come into force next Monday (January 25, 2021). Still this Thursday, the main committee in the parliament will deal with the so-called 3rd COVID-19 emergency measures regulation.

Due to the 10-day rule, the lockdown will thus be extended until Feb. 3 for the time being. After that, another extension by the main committee is necessary. Provided by the government, the ordinance will be effective including Feb. 7.

The minimum distance to people from other households will be increased from 1 meter to 2 meters. This must be observed in all public places. The only exceptions are people who live in the same household, as well as life partners, individual closest relatives and individual important reference persons.

Wearing an FFP2 mask (or equivalent or higher) will be mandatory for the following:

▶ Public transportation

▶ Carpooling

▶ Shops

▶ Business establishments not close to the body

▶ Service establishments not close to the body

▶ Markets (indoor and outdoor)

▶ Offices of administrative authorities and administrative courts

▶ Gastronomy – if open (e.g., when picking up food and in company canteens)

▶ Accommodation establishments – if open (does not apply in the room).

The FFP2 obligation applies from the age of 14 years, from 6 years a mouth-nose protection can be worn instead. Younger children are not required to cover the mouth-nose area.

Weekly occupational group testing is in addition to the already mandatory testing in the health care and nursing fields for the following:

▶ Employees with customer contact (e.g., trade, services, transport).

▶ Teachers and elementary educators in contact with pupils

▶ Warehouse logistics, if minimum distance is not possible

▶ Public service (administrative offices)

▶ Professional sports (for team and contact sports).

For occupational group testing, those who are not tested must wear an FFP2 mask.

In health care and nursing, both testing and FFP2 masks (when in contact with patients or residents) are mandatory.

Culture: Museums, libraries, libraries and archives remain closed for the time being. For libraries, Click&Collect will be possible in the future.

Recreation: Animal parks, zoos and botanical gardens remain closed for the time being.

Outdoor sports facilities may still be entered (e.g. ice skating rink, cross-country ski trails), the 10 m2 rule must be observed. In the future, a distance of at least 2 meters must also be maintained.

  • sources: sozialministerium.at with reports from heute.at
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