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Tourism Suspended In Austria Starting Monday As Full Lockdown Begins

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A Full Lockdown Will be Imposed Until December 13th. 

Austria has announced it will return to a full lockdown on Monday the 22nd of November. The restrictions are set to last until December 13th, but could be as short as 10 days, before returning to the current restrictions.

austrian parliament building

The measures have been enacted to help counter the country’s recent surge in COVID infections. It is the country’s fourth lockdown since the pandemic began.

During this time, most non-essential business will be forced to close. This includes hotels, restaurants, and bars. All cultural events will be cancelled over the course of the lockdown, including the country’s famous Christmas markets.

Rathaus Christmas market

Residents will only be permitted to leave their homes for certain reasons, including grocery shopping and healthcare appointments.

As hotels will close on Monday, travelers currently in Austria are strongly advised to arrange travel home. Anyone with current travel booked should immediately contact their travel provider or airline directly to rearrange or cancel plans.

hallstatt in winter

The decision to enter a full lockdown was not an easy one for the Austrian government. It marks a backtrack in statements made earlier this year that full lockdowns are a thing of the past for the vaccinated. Just days ago, they imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, but have felt it necessary to extend it to the entire population. 

Austria have been struggling with infections in the past few weeks. On Friday, they recorded over 15,000 new infections which is an all time daily high. Their vaccination rate is one of the lowest in Western Europe, with just under 66% of the population being administered with a full dosage. This, combined with seasonal effects, is being attributed to the current surge.

alpine hut in austria

They have also brought in a compulsory vaccination rule to counter the issue, mandating that everyone must have completed a full cycle by February 1st. Those who refuse will be met with a fine, but no other details have been given regarding the process. If fully enacted, it would be one of the strictest COVID related rules worldwide.

Austrian Chancellor Schallenberg said of the mandate, “For a long time the political consensus was that we don’t want a vaccine mandate in this country. But we have to look reality in the eye. For a long time, maybe too long, me and others thought that it must be possible to convince people in Austria, to convince them to get vaccinated voluntarily. Increasing the vaccination rate — and I think we’re all in agreement on this — is our only way to break out of this vicious cycle of viral waves and lockdown discussions for good”

Vienna city center

The country had opened to tourism in 2021, but was also one of the first countries to impose a vaccine validity period. This meant that any visitor to the country had to show proof of vaccination, but it was administered more than 270 days before entry, a test or proof of recovery had to be shown in addition.

Currently, residents use a “green pass” to allow entry to restaurants or other organized events. The pass is only available after full vaccination, recent recovery, or with a negative test result in the past 72 hours.

austria lakeside town

Just across the border in Germany, Bavaria is struggling with similar COVID surges. Full lockdowns have not been reimposed in the country, but some areas with particularly high infection rates are looking at temporary restrictions as well. Travelers are strongly advised to keep up to date with all countries’ shifting policies to avoid problems.

salzburg Christmas market

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Martina

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Get vaccinated they said...everything will be back to normal they said..you will get back your freedoms they said.. I feel bad for all those countries that were compliant and are still suffering from their authoritarian government. Vote them out!

Stephan

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Very simple - rising infections would not be an issue if enough people were vaccinated. They get the virus but major part will not end up in hospital and ICU as most cases will be mild. So no pressure on the health system. Is that really soooo difficult to understand?!?

R

Monday 22nd of November 2021

@Stephan, already more than 50% if the population of western countries are fully vaxxed and are totally compliant with covid rules yet the government still harasses citizens and threatens winter lockdowns.

Here in Canada the vaxx number is around 80% but everything is still limited, masks are mandated as well as PCR tests for travel and no dancing at nightclubs allowed and there’s indoor limits. And now they’re saying the vaxx efficacy wanes after 3 mo and you need a booster shot LOL. How can you be so deluded

Vinny the Adventurer

Sunday 21st of November 2021

It’ll work this time!

Liberty

Sunday 21st of November 2021

If lockdowns work, why keep doing them over and over again?

There is an answer, but it has nothing to do with a virus...

Climate lockdowns are starting to be normalized now too. This is one of the next steps. They want to eliminate carbon...namely, US.

Stephen Suley

Sunday 21st of November 2021

So they lockdown b/c of of the rate of new cases and then they respond with a law to enforce injections of the vaccine. A vaccine that doesn't stop new infections.

Ref: See all countries with soaring new cases rates with 90%+ vaccination rates ( i.e. Canada).