All areas of the state are adjusting to the much more contagious Omikron variant, above all to prevent a possible total failure. In the police force, for example, there is strict team separation in all organizational units wherever possible, contacts are minimized and meetings are held digitally. Due to the early curfew in catering, the night shift could possibly be reduced, while the day shift could be increased.
The Vienna Health Association also relies on strict division into fixed teams. In addition, there are the highest safety standards, hygiene regulations and the appropriate protective clothing.
In order to guarantee electricity and district heating, 50 Wien Energie employees have put themselves in isolation for four weeks at the Simmering power plant and three waste incineration plants. The food is delivered contactless from the outside.
At Wiener Linien, there was a strict mask requirement, which is checked internally, and the distance rules in the break rooms.
In order to avoid failures at the authorities and the critical infrastructure, the federal government has relaxed the quarantine regulations, especially for people in “systemically important” industries: In the event of a negative test and with an FFP2 mask, they will be allowed to continue working. The term “systemically important” has been expanded. In addition to emergency services, doctors, nurses and employees in the field of energy and water supply and garbage disposal, the list of the government also includes teachers and kindergarten teachers as well as all employees to cover the basic needs of daily life and to avert major technical and economic damage.
Purchasing as well as telecommunications and all companies in the food industry are among the basic needs of everyday life. In the future, all food processors will be allowed to continue working under certain conditions, including unvaccinated employees who have had contact with an infected person, provided that their presence at the place of work is absolutely necessary. The classification as supply-critical personnel is an individual decision. Cleaning, disinfection, pest control, storage, transport and logistics of food and agricultural products, production of packaging and media are on the list.