It was foreseeable, but the whole of Austria seemed to be in a kind of paralysis on Friday after the federal government under Alexander Schallenberg said what everyone feared: the whole country must once again without exception go into a hard lockdown – public life is completely shut down, trade , Restaurants, hotels, fitness centers, hairdressers – and yes, of course the Christmas markets, some of which have just opened, have to close their doors once more. An economic disaster, but the escalating situation with more and more new infections and overloaded laboratories and hospitals leaves politicians with no choice but to pull the emergency brake. And there is an emergency stop: In addition to the lockdown, there is also a general compulsory vaccination in February. This double Corona hammer is not only making waves in Austria, but also internationally – and on Friday it quickly became clear that Austria would not remain alone for long with these measures. Our Bavarian neighbors are also already sharpening.
As the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced on Friday after a meeting of his cabinet in Munich, tough action must be taken in view of the increasingly dangerous pandemic situation in the German Free State. Specifically, this means that in Bavarian corona hotspots with a seven-day incidence of more than 1000, public life is shut down to a minimum in large areas. There will be exceptions for daycare centers, schools and retailers, said Söder. The night gastronomy and all Christmas markets are being pushed forward, the latter will be closed or canceled without exception. The head of government justified this step.