The mask requirement in vulnerable areas such as hospitals and nursing homes will end on April 30, 2023.
All measures (mandatory masking, free testing, vaccination centers, etc.) will end throughout Austria on June 30, 2023.
In Vienna, the mask requirement in pharmacies and public transport will remain in place until the end of February.
Tests and vaccinations should continue to be available in ordinations and other health facilities. That is to be negotiated in the coming weeks, he said.
Health Minister Johannes Rauch and Constitutional Minister Karoline Edtstadler heralded the end of the pandemic on Wednesday. It is a “historic decision,” says Rauch, equal to “getting out of crisis mode,” however: “The pandemic is going, the virus remains, and we will be able to deal with it.”
Measures are also ending in other countries, the Green minister elaborates. In Germany, an end to the measures is planned for April 7.
The end of the measures will take place through the “normal review process,” he said. The “return to parliamentary mode is a democratic obligation.”
In this context, Constitutional Minister recalls the lockdowns from 2020. “We have learned that fundamental rights trade-offs are possible and painful.”
Remember that? On February 25, 2020, the first two Corona infections were registered in Austria. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the epidemic a pandemic. And on Friday, March 13, 2020, then-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared that the country would be in a lockdown starting Monday, March 16, 2020. This was to be followed by several, the last at the turn of 2021/2022.
Treat corona infection like a normal disease
Austria has had 5.78 million Corona infections since then, and more than 21,000 people have died from the infection.
Meanwhile, immunity to the virus in the population is so strong due to a mix of vaccinations and infections that health policy can treat Corona infections like a normal disease. Four vaccinations plus one infection are considered the best possible protection. Also, there are now drugs that should take the worst of the spikes out of the disease.
The danger of the health system collapsing and infected people being unable to be treated due to overuse has been averted. This prompts the federal government to officially declare the pandemic over and treat covid infections like other diseases.
The roadmap out of the pandemic
On June 30, the Covid 19 Measures Act will end. This is the legal end of the pandemic. This is because this law authorized the Minister of Health to impose movement restrictions on the population. The sometimes stricter measures taken by the federal states were also only possible based on this law. For example, the city of Vienna will not be able to impose a mask requirement on public transportation after June 30. All regulations, such as mask obligation, and test obligation, end on June 30, 2023, everywhere and finally.
On April 30, 2023, the federal government ends the mask obligation in vulnerable areas such as nursing homes, hospitals and pharmacies.
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