3-G rule in the workplace now applies without exception

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Since the fourth lockdown came into effect today, unvaccinated people are only allowed to leave their homes for very specific reasons. However, they are still allowed to go to work, where as of today the 3-G rule applies without exception.

Due to problems with the CoV test evaluation in parts of Austria, WKO, retailers and restaurateurs had demanded in advance that an FFP2 mask continue to be sufficient instead of a test certificate.

In most cases, a rapid antigen test continues to be used as proof of testing in the workplace. Workers in nighttime catering, major events, and healthcare and nursing settings must bring a negative PCR test.

Employers must randomly test the evidence, and companies in turn are monitored by health authorities.

Hardly any exceptions
The only exceptions to the 3-G (vaccinated, recovered, tested) requirement are people who have contact with others no more than two times 15 minutes per day, and even that only if it occurs outdoors. That means, aside from foresters and truck drivers, there won’t be many occupational groups that will avoid 3-G.

1.4 million affected
The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 1.4 million workers will need regular testing because of the 3-G rule in the workplace. Assuming that testing is split 50/50 between PCR tests and antigen tests, the ministry says about one million tests are needed per day for 3-G in the workplace.

In Austria, the federal states are responsible for the testing infrastructure. PCR tests have recently experienced long waiting times for results, for example on weekends. A PCR test is valid for 72 hours from the time the sample is taken; in Vienna, a PCR test is valid for 48 hours. The results were not always available in time. At the same time, the antigen testing infrastructure is partly scaled back.

— source: orf.at/picture:pixabay.com

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