Corona loosenings: Opening steps through March 5 in detail

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On February 19, the 2G obligation will change to a 3G commitment in the restaurant industry.

On Wednesday, the federal governments announced relaxations of the Corona measures in two stages. Find out exactly which rules will fall on February 19 and March 5.

As of February 19, for example, the 3G rule, in particular, is to replace the stricter 2G rule. From March 5, it will also be permissible to party more when the catering industry resumes its normal operations. The government continues to adhere to the vaccination requirement.

Relaxations: From February 19, switch from 2G to 3G.

Many situations and places where one had to be vaccinated or recovered will be changed to 3G. Here, a negative test is also considered as an entry. This affects all services close to the body, events, sports venues, trade, and public fairs, as well as cable cars, bus trips, and excursion boats.

In hospitals and nursing homes, 2G+ should apply.

In “highly vulnerable settings,” such as nursing homes and hospitals, 2G+ remains a visitor requirement. Thus, they must be vaccinated or recovered and have a negative test, with a PCR and antigen test applied. For employees in nursing homes and hospitals, the 2.5G rule applies, i.e., either vaccinated, recovered, or with a negative PCR test. In the workplace, the 3G rule continues to spread.

There are still no changes in the catering industry on February 19. The closing time remains at 24 o’clock. Night catering, stand-up catering, and bar operations are still prohibited. In addition, there is a ban on consumption from 51 people. Also, as a general rule when entering Austria, the 3G rule will be introduced during the week starting February 21. Excluded are new virus variant areas, but these currently do not exist anyway.

From March 5, the night gastronomy may reopen.

All measures will be lifted: Night catering will be allowed to open, and the ban on consumption at events will be dropped. Exceptions continue to be “vulnerable settings” such as nursing homes and hospitals. FFP2 masks must still be worn there.

Masks are also still compulsory in public transport, including bus stops, and in customer areas of vital commerce such as pharmacies, food retailers, banks, and post offices. Everywhere else, an “FFP2 recommendation” applies. Prevention concepts and Covid officers are also to be maintained around.

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