One takes a hard line with more stringent measures, the other primarily speaks of vaccination incentives. Both red governors consider their path in Vienna and Burgenland to be exemplary. But apart from their criticism of the federal government, they have nothing in common. Now it could finally crash, because Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig is pushing ahead with new proposals that are to be implemented nationwide.
Vienna’s mayor Michael Ludwig has been following a stricter corona line for months. In the middle of the fourth wave, he sees himself fully confirmed in this. Vienna has so far taken “the consistent path of security” and wants to continue. At the governor’s conference on Friday, Ludwig wanted to enforce “nationwide regulations on mandatory vaccination”. Ludwig no longer rules out another lockdown for everyone. Other federal states have already adopted the Vienna measures in the past. One should not be at all happy about that, namely Ludwig’s red governor colleague Hans Peter Doskozil.
The Burgenland governor speaks out no less loudly, especially when it comes to criticism of the federal government. But his Corona course in Burgenland is fundamentally different from that in Vienna. Doskozil can currently look forward to the highest vaccination rate in Austria: 82 percent of Burgenlanders received a sting, 70.8 percent are fully immunized. But that was possible without any stricter measures.
Last week, for example, the Burgenland vaccination lottery was played. 1000 non-cash prizes, including three cars, were raffled among those Burgenlanders who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and have registered for the competition. Doskozil had hoped for 10,000 additional first vaccinations when he announced the campaign at the beginning of September, 12,911 additional first stitches were finally recorded as part of the vaccination lottery. That’s how it’s done!
Doskozil no longer completely rules out further tightening, but almost like a mantra he warns of “harassment and threats”, rather positive incentives to vaccinate are needed – as in Burgenland. His path is also exemplary for the federal government, including additional vaccination centers where you can get vaccinated on weekdays without registering.
In Austria’s easternmost state, there can be no talk of stricter measures as in Vienna. This includes, for example, the FFP2 obligation for customers throughout the retail trade, which will be extended to all indoor areas from Thursday – including at work – even if you have been vaccinated or have recovered. The same applies to the staff at body-hugging service providers and in gastronomy, where on the other hand, guests are only allowed to move to and from the table wearing masks. In certain areas, a 2Gplus regulation applies from Friday: In the night catering and at events from 25 people can only be visited if vaccinated or recovered people also show a PCR test result. Schoolchildren up to eleven years of age need a “ninja pass” (school tests) as 2G proof, 12 to 15 year olds have to present a 2.5 G proof.
Mayor Ludwig was also able to gain a lot in the run-up to the “lockdown for unvaccinated people”, while Doskozil doubted its usefulness and practical feasibility. It’s hard to believe that he likes to see Ludwig’s previous measures in Vienna also implemented in Burgenland, certainly not a vaccination requirement.