In Austria, the so-called 3G rule will apply on the ski slopes in the coming winter sports season. Cable car operators are only allowed to transport people who have been vaccinated, tested or recovered against Covid-19, as the government announced in Vienna on Monday. There will be no distance rules and capacity restrictions for the ski lifts, but there will be an FFP2 mask requirement. Should the utilization of the intensive care units with corona patients increase, the rules for unvaccinated winter athletes will be tightened. “I am convinced that with these framework conditions a carefree, safe winter season in our country,” said Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger at a press conference in Vienna.
There are currently around 200 intensive care beds in Austria occupied by Covid 19 patients. If the number rises to 300, unvaccinated people are no longer allowed to visit après-ski bars – not even with negative test results, said Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein. From this level onwards, cable cars, restaurants and hotels are no longer allowed to accept self-tests. Show negative PCR tests from an intensive occupancy of 400 beds & unvaccinated persons. The less precise antigen tests are then no longer sufficient. As the tourism minister positive, the 3G rule will also be implemented at Christmas markets.
(L’essentiel / lea / dpa)
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