Does Austria Require ‘Vaccination’ or ‘Being Healed’ for Access to Restaurants and Culture?

A negative test for Covid-19 will not be enough starting Monday. The country is facing an increase in infections.

New Restrictions

Austria announced Friday, Nov. 5, that starting Monday, Nov. 8, access to restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions will require vaccination or a Covid-19 cure as the country faces an increase in infection cases.

The new restrictions will take effect Monday, with a four-week transition period to encourage people to get vaccinated, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Friday. “Nobody wants to divide society, but it is our responsibility to protect the population of our country,” he stressed at a press conference.

Under the new rules, a negative test for Covid-19 is no longer sufficient for services involving close customer contact, such as hairdressing, and only vaccinated or cured people are allowed to attend gatherings of 25 or more people.

Over 9,300 New Cases on Friday

In Austria, with a population of about nine million, more than 9,300 new cases were registered Friday, a new daily record for 2021. In addition to overcrowding in hospital intensive care units, Austria, which is heavily dependent on tourism, fears being put on the list of countries to avoid by other countries because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

About 64% of the population is fully vaccinated, which is below the EU average of 67%. On Thursday, Vienna had already announced similar measures. Austria has suffered more than 11,450 deaths from Covid-19.