With a few exceptions, people who have not yet been vaccinated have not been allowed in inns, indoor swimming pools, hotels or shops for almost 70 days. According to data researchers, movement data from districts with a particularly large number of unvaccinated statements tends to indicate that compliance can hardly be checked.
Between 3,500 and 4,500 checks per day
The controls run without major problems, says the Salzburg police spokesman Hans Wolfgruber. In Salzburg, the daily ads are in the lower two-digit range.
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The 2G rule is also checked in indoor swimming pools. FFP2 masks are compulsory outside the pool. In Salzburg’s largest shopping center, the 2G controls have so far passed without incident, says center manager Manuel Mayer. The system was installed after three weeks, but it was a considerable additional effort for everyone involved.
Criticism of the duration of the lockdown for the unvaccinated
Benjamin Kneihs, constitutional expert at the University of Salzburg, expresses serious doubts about the proportionality of the lockdown for the unvaccinated. A measure had to be suitable, necessary and proportionate in the narrower sense. There must also be a reasonable relationship between the severity of the intervention and the benefit achieved.
“I believe that you can justify the lockdown for unvaccinated people, namely that you take people out of the situation who produce particularly difficult courses,” says Benjamin Kneihs. But the constitutional lawyer is critical of the duration of the lockdown for the unvaccinated: “I’m now a bit concerned that it’s disproportionate, simply because of the duration.”
Only more ÖVP and Greens for extension
Recently, political approval for the lockdown for unvaccinated people in the National Council has also crumbled. The extension to January 30 was only decided with the votes of the ÖVP and the Greens. SPÖ, FPÖ and NEOS spoke out against it. More on that in News.ORF.at .
Peak of the omicron wave at the end of January
The seven-day incidence has already increased for more than 20 days in a row and it should continue to do so in the coming days. The peak of the omicron wave should be reached by the end of January. After that, the numbers will drop again. That’s what the statistician of the state of Salzburg, Gernot Filipp, predicts.
The hospitals should also make do with their capacities. But even the omicron variant is not harmless, says the head of intensive care at the Salzburg University Hospital Uta Hoppe. There is now the first unvaccinated Omikron intensive care patient in Salzburg and also one death.