November 30, 2021

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Coronavier: nationwide lockdown for non-vaccinated people should take effect in Austria from Monday

Austrians who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not overcome the disease will only be allowed to leave their apartment for reasons that have been the case with the lockdown in the past.

In Austria, a nationwide lockdown will be implemented for those unvaccinated against the coronavirus on Monday night. Children under 12 years old will have an exception. This comes on the heels of the Austrian government’s draft of anti-epidemic measures, which the APA news agency had access to.

Austrians who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not overcome the disease will only be allowed to leave their apartment for reasons that have been the case with the lockdown in the past. It would be, for example, a trip to work, to a doctor or to other medical facilities, to secure necessary purchases such as food, physical or mental relaxation, or “the fulfillment of basic religious needs”. He will also be allowed to leave the house if people are vaccinated.

The proposal said the exit restrictions for unvaccinated people were intended to “prevent a collapse of medical care”.

This regulation should be formally approved by the National Assembly Main Committee on Sunday evening. Since the coalition government of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Green Party have a majority in parliament, this proposal will surely pass, according to the APA. The regulation is due to enter into force until November 24, after which it will have to be extended.

Since the beginning of this week, only vaccinated people suffering from fatigue are allowed to enter Austria’s restaurants, tourist, cultural and sports facilities. From the beginning of November, non-vaccinators must regularly prove themselves in the workplace with a negative test.

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A video conference will be held between federal prime ministers and Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Sunday – where they will talk about other possible measures against the disease in the face of rising infections.