Overview of the new regulations:
Students will return to classrooms after the semester break (in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, this is February 8). Elementary schools will switch entirely to face-to-face classes; in lower and upper grades, a shift system (Monday + Tuesday; Wednesday + Thursday, Friday Home Schooling) will be introduced.
➤ Students must take mandatory nasal tests every week (twice a week in elementary schools); these take place at school. If they do not want to take this, they must stay in distance learning.
➤ Teachers are also generally required to take a weekly Corona test.
➤ FFP2 masks are mandatory in the classrooms.
The hard-hit retail sector (there is a billion euro loss here per lockdown week) is opening up again. However, there are strict rules of the game here, too. On the one hand, there is a quota system – 20 square meters of space must be available per customer. Wearing an FFP2 mask will also be mandatory. Under the same conditions, museums and zoos will be allowed to reopen.
The body-related services (hairdressers, beauty salons, pedicurists, tattoo artists …) are allowed to open. Rule: customers must present an entry test (negative) not older than 48 hours. In addition: FFP2 mask.
The lockdown in the private sector remains hard. For the time being, the government will only allow meetings of a maximum of two households (upper limit: 4 people). Parties are therefore still taboo; the penalties are even being increased. If, for example, the obligation to wear a mask is disregarded, a fine of 90 euros (instead of the previous 25 euros) will have to be paid in the course of an organ mandate.
Fixed closed remains the gastronomy trade. Also in hotels and indoor recreational facilities it remains close in February. In addition, stricter entry rules and border controls will be introduced to further curb the spread of mutations from abroad.
Instead of an all-day curfew, this will apply from 8.2. from 8.00 pm to 6.00 am.
- hp with reports from the press conference of the federal government on February 1, 2021, 18 Hours. Picture: pixabay.com
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