Vienna stays with 2-G in gastronomy, closing time at 24 o’clock

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Michael Ludwig recently criticized the relaxations. Now he follows the guidelines of the federal government in most points. Only in gastronomy, Vienna is going its own way.

Today, Thursday, the mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), met again with his advisory board – with representatives from fields such as medicine or prognostics. Ludwig explained the federal government’s further course of action, as usual.

In Vienna, the following measures apply:

As of Feb. 5:

  • Closing time in the catering trade will be moved to 24 o’clock.
  • 2-G rule in gastronomy remains in place.
  • At events, 50 people can gather again without assigned seating instead of 25.

Effective Feb. 12:

The 2-G requirement in retail will be lifted.

  • Obligation to wear the FFP2 mask in the trade, however, remains.
  • In tourism, FFP2 masks will be used and the same will be changed to 3-G.
  • In schools, the measures will be implemented analogously to the federal government.
  • As of February 12, unvaccinated people will again be allowed to store in stores away from daily needs. Specifically, only an FFP2 mask requirement will apply in stores with the relaxation. Tests will also not be required to shop.

In all other federal states, as of February 19, you will also be allowed to go to restaurants and cafes again with a valid corona test. Here, 3G (vaccinated, recovered, or tested) applies again instead of 2G (vaccinated or recovered). Vienna is going its way in this respect. Ludwig does not believe that this will harm Viennese restaurants. He trusts that the safety measures will drive many people into the restaurant trade. In addition, more than 80 percent of people over the age of 18 have already been vaccinated.

Ludwig: Pandemic is not over yet
The pandemic is not over, Mayor Ludwig says. The new variant also brings certain uncertainties. In addition, there are also severe courses of omicron cases, he says.

“In the Viennese hospitals, we have already reached stage six of eight. The burden in the hospitals has increased in some locations. Because there are more patients and yet noticeable staff absences,” Ludwig says.

That is precisely why the infrastructure in the hospitals must be protected. After consultations with experts, joint measures were agreed upon.

  • source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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