On Thursday alone, a maximum corona value of 15,145 new infections was measured in Austria. The lockdown for unvaccinated people has been a done deal since Monday and has come into force. But the situation in the intensive care units is getting worse, according to the doctors. Upper Austria and Salzburg pulled the rip cord and went into a lockdown from Monday – but this applies to everyone! Will Vienna also follow on Friday? Or is there even a lockdown for all federal states?
In any case, even stricter rules will apply in the federal capital from Friday. These concern an expansion of the FFP2 mask, 2G + for events from 25 as well as in night catering and the access regulations for children. For example, the FFP2 mask requirement is being expanded in gastronomy, retail and body-hugging service providers. 2G + applies in night gastronomy. This means that in addition to a vaccination or recovery certificate, a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours must also be presented.
Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig said that he expected the talks at the LH conference to find a common line. “I don’t want to get into the same situation as other federal states,” he replied to a question about further possible exit restrictions. The senior physician in the emergency department at the Donaustadt Clinic, Rainer Thell, pleaded for exit restrictions. “Otherwise it won’t work out.” One could no longer wait until the end of November. Without a “short, hard lockdown to bring the numbers down massively”, it will probably not work, said the microbiologist Michael Wagner.
In any case, SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner has already pleaded for a nationwide lockdown. “In five federal states there are current incidences of over 1000, this shows that there is no alternative to a nationwide lockdown,” stressed Rendi-Wagner. The country chiefs were skeptical of a lockdown the week before. But in view of the increasing number of infections, the voices of the supporters increased. While Upper Austria and Salzburg will already have a tough lockdown from next Monday, Vorarlberg is also considering stricter measures. In addition to ÖVP club chairman Roland Breakfast, the green government partner in the country and the SPÖ were in favor. Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP) referred on Thursday to ongoing deliberations of the states and tomorrow’s governor’s conference.
A lockdown is no longer ruled out in Carinthia either: “A general, short, but hard lockdown has to be checked because of the dramatic increase in numbers,” explained Governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) on Thursday opposite the APA. This is to be discussed at the (tomorrow) state governors’ conference. “However, it takes more than just a singular measure,” said Kaiser further: “Above all, it will be important to do everything possible to force first and third vaccinations.”
According to reports, the Styrian governor Hermann Schützenhöfer was still reluctant. As the “Kleine Zeitung” reports, he wants to campaign for a general vaccination requirement. The Burgenland Governor Hans-Peter Doskozil initially did not want to comment on it. Also from Lower Austria it was said that they did not want to anticipate the talks in the media. Tyrolean governor Günther Platter, however, was opposed to a lockdown. The previous position of governor applies, the Platters office told the APA. So far, Platter had always vehemently rejected a general lockdown – and urged that the focus above all be on increasing the vaccination quota.