April 16 brings relaxation in the Corona rules. People in Vienna will notice this most of all – but also in the other parts of Austria. Still, there are slight deviations in Vienna when it comes to rules.
2G in Viennese Gastro falls – No mask obligation from 16.4.
From Holy Saturday, the Corona rules are again more relaxed. This will be most evident in Vienna, which previously had more restrictive measures such as 2G in gastronomy. But the easing will also be noticeable in the rest of the country, for example, abolishing the mask requirement in non-vital trade. The following is an overview of the rules in effect through July 8.
Corona rules: FFP2 mask requirement in a few places
The FFP2 mask is now required to be worn in relatively few places. These include mass transit, school transport, and cabs. Other sites where the mask must be worn are grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, tobacconists, car and bicycle repair shops, banks, post offices, and offices where parties deal with each other. Workers must also wear masks without adequate additional protection, such as Plexiglas.
Conversely, this means that in other trades (fashion, electronics, etc.) and at events or the workplace, masks are no longer mandatory – neither for customers nor for employees at these locations.
The 3G rule in healthcare facilities
Healthcare facilities represent a particular case. For them, a 3G rule applies. You must be vaccinated, recovered, or tested when visiting a hospital, rehabilitation or disability facility, or nursing home. Vienna acts differently, where essential testing is required before a visit. For employees in the federal capital, 2.5 G applies. That means vaccination, recovery, or PCR test. The federal regulation only specifies 3G, so an antigen test is sufficient. Another difference is that a PCR test in Vienna is only valid for 48 hours; everywhere else is 72 hours.
The visitor limit falls in nursing homes throughout the country. In hospitals, only Vienna limits visitors to three per day.
Corona rules at cultural and sporting events?
Cultural and sporting events and events of all other kinds are more or less exempt from Corona restrictions. Neither G-regulations nor masking requirements apply. Only events with more than 500 visitors must have a prevention concept. In addition, a prevention officer must be appointed. The district administrative authority only carries out spot checks.
Gastronomy is now exempt from restrictions throughout the country. This also applies to night catering, which can be used without G-rules.
No Corona restrictions for the hotel industry
The hotel industry is also no longer affected by any restrictions. Even in cable cars, tour buses, and excursion ships, no mask is mandatory. However, wearing it in these settings is explicitly recommended in the regulation.
A green passport is required for entry in many countries
Even though a G certificate is now only required in exceptional cases in the country, it is mandatory for entry in many states. Here the government extends the validity, but only after completing primary immunization, which is understood as three vaccinations. The green passport is now valid for 365 days, i.e., one year. On the other hand, a second vaccination may only be suitable for 180 days or 210 days for persons up to 18. Also, recovery is further only 180 days accepted to fulfill the defaults of the green passport.
- sources: vienna.at/APA/picture: faz.net
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