For those who have not yet been immunized against the coronavirus, “Lockdown light” has been in effect since Monday – because the tough 2G regulations came into force on November 8th, which gives unvaccinated people access to certain amenities of public life (physical Services as well as leisure facilities such as gastronomy and cultural offers). And that the 2G rules are actually complied with is now being checked even more tightly, as Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) and the General Director for Public Security, Franz Ruf, announced at a press conference on Monday.
And whoever sins will be punished – harshly. The fines are in the range of several hundred euros, the maximum fine is even in the four-digit range. For example, hairdressing customers who do not adhere to the applicable regulations are asked to pay a fine of up to 500 euros. Employees who are unable to provide 3G proof can expect to be fined in the same amount. Sinful employers have to pay the most: the legislature provides for a maximum fine of 3,600 euros.
“The coronavirus presents us with a new challenge. We have to respond to this as a solidary society. The federal government and the provincial governors have found a common line, ”said Nehammer right at the beginning of the press conference. That means clarity for people as to when and where to adhere to which measures, according to Nehammer. “The government and health professionals did not make the decision easy,” said the interior minister.
It is the task of the police to control the regulation, Nehammer further clarified. In addition to the approximately 4,000 patrol officers, 800 police officers will also be responsible for controls in cooperation with special units. According to Nehammer, these controls should be carried out “carefully” and the police are the partners of all those who adhere to the measures, he promised.