Skiing in Austria in winter: does 1G come as a corona rule? – The normal ski season, Lauterbach is briefly criticized
- The corona incidence is current in Austria twice as high as in Germany
- A region on the German border is back Risk area
- die Ski season should still take place regularly, but under clear rules – especially for the Après-ski
- Criticism comes from Berlin: SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach expresses himself concerns a short ‘of plans
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz promise safe Ski season. If the corona situation worsens further, only vaccinated people would have access to Après-ski bars received, he announced in an interview with the Funke media group (Saturday). Both 70 percent of the over 12 year olds in Austria and the vast majority of tourists are vaccinated. “In this respect, it suits you safe vacation in Austria nothing in the way. “
Kurz said in the interview that the so-called 3G rule will ensure a safe winter – i.e. access to restaurants and hotels only for those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered or who have been tested. The conservative chancellor admits that the right-wing FPÖ’s campaign is one of the reasons for Austria lower vaccination rate compared to Germany is.
3G rule in Austria – These rules apply when skiing
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. Distance rules and there will be no capacity restrictions for the ski lifts, one FFP2 mask requirement but yes. Should the utilization of the intensive care units with corona patients increase, the rules for unvaccinated winter sports enthusiasts 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 Cableways, Restaurants and hotels no longer 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.
- If the situation worsens, the government will wait for the 2G rule – vaccinated or recovered – to be extended to other areas in the room.
Like the 3G rule on the cable cars without long queues controlled should be, was initially unclear. The Ministry of Tourism said that a solution was still being worked on. For example, the online sale of lift tickets could be linked to an automated control of the corona status.
Après-ski in Austria: Lauterbach expresses concerns
SPD health experts Karl Lauterbach Has reacted critically to the advance of the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who had promised a safe winter season in the Alpine country and only promised après-ski for those who had been vaccinated. “At this point in time, nobody can reliably predict what the next winter season will look like – not even the Austrian Chancellor,” Lauterbach told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe (online Sunday, print Monday).
Lauterbach, from today’s perspective, he would “rather advise against taking Ischgl– to celebrate similar conditions ”and referred to vaccination breakthroughs. “We already have a lot of infections indoors, including among those who have been vaccinated. These cases will increase if the vaccination protection wears off. “Whether après-ski will be possible at all depends not least on booster vaccinations or on further developed vaccines, noted the health expert.
The Austrian party and ski resort Ischgl was last year Corona hotspot become. On Friday, a damages lawsuit against the state of Austria was negotiated in Vienna. The plaintiffs are the surviving dependents of a corona deceased who was on vacation in Ischgl. Her lawyer argued that Kurz was responsible for an exit chaos with further infections with his unprepared announcement of the quarantine for Ischgl. The republic rejects the allegations.
Corona in Austria: Risk areas are one region
After the incidence had risen significantly, the Austrian federal government headed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared the Salzburg region a national risk area. There, stricter rules also apply in other regions in Austria.
Current corona numbers from Austria:
- Seven-day incidence: 156.8
- New infections: 1,902
- Total: 722,357
- New services: 7
- Total: 10,889
- As of: 09/19/2021; Source: corona-in-zahlen.de