In nursing homes, visitation rules are being loosened on a fixed basis, while gastro must continue to wait despite concepts. How long is unclear.
There are two areas where the calls for openings are particularly loud – and factually justified: In nursing homes, where the majority of residents are vaccinated, the frequency of visits could be increased from one to two per week, according to the demand, most recently made by the Upper Austrian state government. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober agrees and promises “significant improvements” for the first week of March. For eleven months, visiting restrictions have been in place in retirement and nursing homes. The gastronoly industry is also insisting on an early opening – and is presenting the corresponding safety concepts. Most recently, the industry had been hinted at an opening date of March 15.
If the virologists have their way, it will probably be Easter at the earliest, i.e., early April. Because: “It’s an incredibly complicated situation,” says molecular biologist Michael Wagner: more tests than ever before versus new, difficult-to-assess covid variants. FFP2 masks on the one hand, the openings in retail, schools and service providers on the other.
Holistic view increasingly in demand
Wagner pleads for waiting with further opening steps. March 1 – when the government plans to meet again – is too early to decide, he says. He is not alone in this opinion; support comes from virologists and mathematicians. They are opposed by environmental physicians such as Hans-Peter Hutter, psychologists and economists, who insist on putting the Corona figures in relation to the unemployment, economic, psychological and social consequences of the lockdown. And even virologist and government consultant Dorothee von Laer says, “I have the privilege of looking at the problem only from the health perspective.”
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