Vienna discusses end of Corona measures

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The mask requirement in Vienna’s public transport and pharmacies will fall at the end of February, Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig announced in a press conference on Wednesday after consultations with experts from the Corona crisis team.

It is responsible that the “special arrangements in the city of Vienna will not be extended,” said Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) on Wednesday.

Vienna’s special way to Corona measures ends at the end of February
Thus ends, by the end of February, the mask obligation in public means of transport and pharmacies. The PCR test obligation for visitors to hospitals and nursing homes will also cease, and the visitor limit of three people per day will be lifted, the mayor said at the press conference following the deliberations.

The current Vienna Corona Ordinance runs until the end of February and will not be extended. “The majority of the Viennese have consistently supported the measures,” Ludwig said.

Federal government announced the end of Corona measures by the end of June.
The federal government has announced an end to the Corona measures by June 30, and the mask requirement in vulnerable areas such as hospitals or nursing homes is to end on April 30. This will also apply in the federal capital, “we are guided by the federal circumstances,” said the mayor of Vienna.

Monitoring of corona situation in Vienna continues
Michael Binder, the medical director of the Vienna Health Association, stressed that it is important that “monitoring investigations continue in Vienna,” he said, referring to the wastewater analyses. Simulations by experts at the City of Vienna still assume a “discrete further increase” in Corona case numbers from mid-February to mid-March and then a decrease in the wave of illness, Binder elaborated. That will “certainly be demanding, but not to the point where we have to worry about exceeding hospital capacity,” Ludwig said.

“Even in the WHO definition, the pandemic is not over yet, a lot of attention is still needed, but we are at least seeing a significant improvement in the disease trend,” Binder stressed. He said he hopes “that this will continue to develop in the further future.”

Ludwig announced that the previous Corona measures and decisions in the pandemic would be evaluated together with experts and consequences for the future. He warned against a quick fix, saying that “the totality of the course” must be looked at. “There will be many measures that are assessed differently in retrospect than in the actual situation,” said the mayor. In any case, it should be prepared to deal with a similar situation in the future. He hopes “that no further measures will be necessary,” Ludwig said.

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