Upper Austria and Salzburg have advanced: These two federal states will go into a lockdown from next Monday. In Upper Austria this should last until December 17th. An extension cannot be ruled out and depends on the development of the numbers. Schools and kindergartens will be closed in Salzburg. Unvaccinated people are only allowed to leave the house or their apartment for important reasons.
With the state governors, opinions about a lockdown split until the end. In particular, Tyrol’s governor Günther Platter and Burgenland boss Hans Peter Doskozil spoke out against a lockdown – even if the latter was already sure on Thursday afternoon that the Austria-wide lockdown would come for everyone. In this case his federal state will “show solidarity”, said the Burgenland boss. Alleged inside information, which made it into the media on Thursday in the late evening hours, is now also slamming into this notch. As reported by “oe24.at”, the heads of state are likely to have agreed on an Austria-wide lockdown at the governor’s conference in Tyrol on Thursday evening – for everyone!
If the rumors about the agreement of the provincial governors prove to be true, this means that Austria is pulling the total lockdown emergency brake. The whole country should go into shutdown from Monday. A closure of schools and retail is also in the room.
Carinthia’s governor Peter Kaiser also indicated that things will probably go in this direction. However, details are still open. Vienna has already tightened the rules and introduced a 2.5 G rule for night-time restaurants. In addition to a vaccination or recovery certificate, you also need a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours.
According to Ludwig, Vienna has gotten through the pandemic well so far thanks to the stricter measures and the comprehensive test and low-threshold vaccination offer, but no federal state can isolate itself from the current “dynamic development.” The social partners wanted to vote on Thursday on the question of Lockdowns not set. That must be decided by politicians – and the government must make a clear decision, they said cautiously after a summit in the Chancellery that afternoon.
In the afternoon, the federal government also received representatives from the ÖGB, AK, WKÖ and the Federation of Industrialists for talks. Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP), Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (both Greens) took part in the government’s part. Labor Minister Martin Kocher and Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger were also there. After the talks, WKO President Harald Mahrer indicated that a “predictable” situation was needed.
A number of possible measures were pointed out – such as the recommendation of home office, the expansion of the test infrastructure or the need to use incentives to increase willingness to vaccinate. ÖGB President Wolfgang Katzian emphasized that short-time work must in any case be extended beyond the end of the year, and that there would be further talks with Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP). AK President Renate Anderl referred to the vaccination issue, the vaccination rate must be increased.