the Lockdown for people without valid proof of corona vaccination or recovery will be extended until January 10, 2022 for the time being. With the votes of the ÖVP, SPÖ and the Greens, the main committee reached agreement with Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) on the fourth amendment to the sixth COVID-19 Protective Measures Ordinance on Thursday and thus gave the green light to update the ordinance, the parliamentary correspondence reported.
With the amendment, the slight relaxations that were decided for New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31st also apply on January 1st. After New Year’s Day, for all those who cannot provide proof of 2G, who with DecemberLockdown imposed restrictions on the exit regulations for shopping, work and leisure. Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the regulations, whereby the relevant legal provisions are standardized. Another major innovation is that on January 3, 2022, certificates issued on the basis of vaccines with a single vaccination will expire. Corresponding booster and booster vaccinations are therefore required for all vaccines for 2G detection.
According to Mückstein, the regulation is intended to respond to the expected strong wave of infections from the Omikron variant of the COVID-19 virus. It is important to avoid overloading the health system and critical infrastructure in any case. MPs from the ÖVP and the Greens explicitly shared this assessment. In the debate, the FPÖ and NEOS stuck to their criticism of the Federal Government’s measures and rated them as “haphazard and inscrutable”. The next main committee is planned for January 10, 2022.
FPÖ and NEOS renewed their criticism of the federal government’s COVID-19 measures. The members of the two parliamentary groups criticized the fact that the federal government’s ordinances did not follow any discernible plan and that they were confusing, which increased the population’s uncertainty and undermined the willingness to support the measures.