DThe list was also part of the program when it was announced on Sunday that closures and exit restrictions in Austria would be extended once again. Not only federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) appeared as representatives of the “turquoise green” federal government. Two heads of government of the federal states had also been invited to the congress hall of the chancellery of the Ballhausplatz in Vienna: Hermann Schützenhöfer of Styria, a former ÖVP conductor, and the mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (SPÖ).
This was particularly important because it documented the participation of the Social Democrats. His health council had previously accused the government of being “hysterical” in an interview that appeared on Sunday. Finally, there was the vice-chancellor of the Vienna University of Medicine, who regularly advised the government last year, but did not come to the forefront so often.
Therefore, the program is: Total solidarity in order to resist over the coming months. Because they are once again bitter for the population and the economy, which suffers from restrictions and falls as throughout Europe. The general closing should continue at least until February 8, as well as the departure restriction, according to which you can only leave the apartment to do the necessary errands, work and relax individually outdoors. .
The sacred cow is saved
A curious exception is skiing, including the cable car, which is considered an individual sport. It is a sacred cow, or at least a major outlet, for the nation’s ski-loving part, although it is unlikely to be economically significant given the gated cabins and hotels and the absence of tourists. That is why the defenders – especially the governors of the federal states of the high alpine mountains – have imposed themselves in the face of concerns that it seems that skiing has fallen out of time, especially because of its signaling effect.
Even tourism and gastronomy are closed until March. After the six-month break in mid-February, schools will once again provide face-to-face teaching in shifts. The rules of distance and mask are tightened. As of January 25, Austrians are supposed to avoid people outside the home at a distance of two meters and wear an FFP-2 mask on buses, trains and supermarkets.
Why previous programs are no longer maintained, he mainly referred to the highly contagious virus variant, which first appeared in Britain. Therefore, all dates and times must be made with reservations: the planned opening steps can only be carried out if the development allows it.
As a guide, Kurz and Anschober cited a seven-day incidence approaching the number of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Austria is currently at 130. This means that Europe is in a relatively good position, but still not good enough to challenge the dreaded spread through the “British virus” (as Kurz persistently called the mutant).
“Only relatively recently”
To counter the sweat and tears of blood speeches with perspective, Chancellor Kurz promised that next summer he would return to almost normalcy. Medical professor Oswald helped: “In fact, we only have a relatively short time that we have to overcome until the pandemic loses its horror,” he said.
However, there is a part of the population that is skeptical or even very negative about restrictions and vaccines. On Saturday, thousands of people demonstrated in Vienna with Schlager slogans modified as “No mask for the city.” According to police, there were more than 10,000, organizers had 50,000 participants. Although this was much more than announced and the requirements were not met and although non-compliance was almost requested, the police did not actively intervene. They only separated the train through the city center from counter-protesters who tried to block it. However, it was announced that people would be identified and punished for failing to meet the requirements.
The photographs showed, for example, the former chancellor and former president of the right-wing populist FPÖ, Heinz-Christian Strache. According to the Austrian Press Agency, Martin Sellner, the head of the Austrian Identity Movement, an association described as a right-wing extremist, is also said to have been involved in a constitutional protection report. Top FPÖ politicians criticized the measures taken by the government and state governors. Little “kneeling” in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s line, said Herbert Kickl, leader of the FPÖ parliamentary group.