In Austria, the FFP2 mask requirement is still being adhered to – for the time being and for good reason. But the places where it applies are few.
“The regulations in Austria serve to protect people with an increased risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. They are limited to those who have to visit these people in everyday life.” This is what the Ministry of Health said this week when asked by “Today”, why you still stick to the FFP2 mask requirement. The piece of cloth on our face has been with us for many months now, although almost all other measures have been lifted.
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But this one requirement for the protection of risk groups is still to be maintained. At least for the time being, because it is constantly being evaluated and discussed. The decisions on the next basic measures would continue to be based on “the forecasts of the forecast consortium, the technical assessments of the Corona Commission and the recommendations of GECKO”. Incidentally, their meeting will take place on Friday.
The mask requirement still applies here
It remains to be seen whether the mask requirement will be excluded after all or whether the recommendation by GECKO manager Katherina Reich to wear the masks even beyond the expiry date of the current COVID-19 basic measures regulation on July 8th is decisive. One thing is certain, there are no longer many places where a mask still has to be worn according to the regulation:
in all public transport and the associated stops
in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes
in Customer areas of vital trade (supermarkets, pharmacies, post and bank branches)
in the public areas of shopping centers – but not in the shops for clothing, shoes, etc.
in public places, such as administrative authorities and administrative courts for party traffic
in religious practice institutions
While the mask requirement in schools has been lifted, some colleges and universities are still sticking to it. Wearing an FFP2 mask is still mandatory at the University of Vienna, but it is only recommended in Graz. Kindergartens also regulate the individual measures and inform the parents.
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The measure also continues to apply on planes to and from Austria. Because whether a mask has to be worn on the plane or not is not specified by an airline, but is based on the respective national and official regulations.