Corona virus: Austria announces easing in February

Status: 01/29/2022 12:48 p.m

Despite the persistently high number of new infections, the Austrian government wants to relax several corona requirements – the focus is on the 2G rule and the curfew in the catering trade.

At the beginning of the week, the lockdown for unvaccinated people in Austria should end – but these are not the only easing that the government is promising. Chancellor Karl Nehammer announced relief, especially for trade and gastronomy.

The 2G regulation currently applies to restaurant visits in Austria. It is therefore only possible for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. And that only until 10 p.m., after which there is a curfew. From next Friday, the gastronomy should be able to open again until midnight.

2G should also fall – but restaurateurs will have to wait a little longer for that: From February 19th they can then return to the 3G regulation, which also allows unvaccinated guests – provided they can show a current, negative corona test.

2G in retail is already falling away

Also from February 19, according to government plans, the 2G restriction in tourism will be downgraded to 3G. In retail, the 2G regulation should be overturned a little sooner – from February 12th. However, an FFP2 mask must still be worn in the shops.

There should also be new rules in schools, but they won’t be announced until next week, like that ORF reported.

Currently low burden for clinics

Nehammer justified the announced easing with the currently low loads in the hospitals. The number of corona patients is stable and “at a really predictable good level”. The Austrian Minister of Health, Wolfgang M├╝ckstein, also agreed with this argument: there is no longer a risk of overloading, especially in the intensive care units.

With the low burden on clinics, Nehammer also justified the end of the lockdown for the unvaccinated. It came into force for people on November 15th. From November 22nd to December 12th, a lockdown with strict exit and contact restrictions also applied to vaccinated people.

Seven-day incidence at more than 2300

From the point of view of the chairperson of the State Crisis Coordination (GECKO), Katharina Reich, the peak of the current corona wave has not yet been reached. The zenith is expected to be reached in the first week of February. In Austria, tens of thousands of new infections are currently being recorded every day. According to the latest figures from the Agency for Food Safety (AGES), there were more than 35,800 new cases within 24 hours on Thursday. The seven-day incidence at this time was 2381.2.

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