The new COVID-19 Emergency Measures Ordinance brings more stringent measures in everyday life for Austrians in addition to the measures already in place.
The government’s new emergency ordinance will come into force on November 17, 2020 and will be valid up to and including December 6, 2020. The exit restrictions will initially apply up to and including November 26, 2020 and must be passed through the main committee of the National Council after ten days. The COVID-19 Emergency Measures Ordinance replaces the previously applicable COVID-19 Protective Measures Ordinance.
Leaving the private living area and staying outside the private living area are only permitted for the following purposes:
– Avoidance of an immediate danger to life, limb and property
– Care of and assistance for people in need of support as well as exercise of family rights and fulfillment of family duties
– Covering the necessary basic needs of daily life, in particular contact with the partner who does not live in the same household or contact with individual close relatives or individual important caregivers, with whom contact is usually maintained several times a week
– the supply of basic goods of daily life
– the use of health services
– the coverage of a need for housing, the satisfaction of basic religious needs, such as visits to cemeteries and individual visits to places of worship, as well as the care of animals.
– professional and training purposes, if necessary
– Staying outdoors for physical and mental relaxation
– to pursue administrative or judicial processes that cannot be postponed
– to participate in elections provided for by law and to use the instruments of direct democracy provided by law
– for the purpose of entering locations and customer areas of business premises that are permitted under this ordinance and for participating in the events listed in the ordinance
Distance and mouth and nose protection
The obligation to keep a distance of at least one meter from people who do not live in the same household continues to apply, as well as the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection in the interior of public places.
Mass transportation and car pooling
In mass transportation and the associated subway stations, platforms, stops, train stations and airports, people who do not live in the same household must be kept at least one meter away and must wear mouth and nose protection. If it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least one meter due to the number of passengers and when boarding and alighting, this can be excepted.
In motor vehicles (private car, taxi, Uber) a maximum of two people per row of seats may be carried (exception: shared household). Mouth and nose protection must also be worn.
Cable cars, gondolas and lifts remain closed for leisure purposes.
Shops, commerce and services
Entering and driving in the customer area of commercial and service companies including leisure facilities (including theaters, concert halls, cinemas, museums, baths, dance schools, casinos, showman companies etc.) is prohibited. Furthermore, customer areas may be visited by service companies that are not close to the body (car workshops, insurance companies, cleaning shops, tailoring shops, etc.). Businesses that offer body-hugging services (e.g. hairdressers, nail salons, piercing studios, massage studios – exception: medical purposes) remain closed.
The following may remain open:
– public pharmacies
– Food trade (including sales outlets of food producers and farm direct marketers)
– drug stores and drug stores
– Sale of medical products and sanitary items, medical aids and aids
– Health and care services
– Services for people with disabilities, which are provided by the federal states within the framework of the disability, social assistance, participation and equal opportunities laws
– veterinary services
– Sale of animal feed
– Sale and maintenance of safety and emergency products
– Agricultural trade including slaughter animal auctions as well as the horticultural business and the state product trade with seeds, feed and fertilizers
– Filling stations and charging stations including washing facilities
– Postal service providers including their postal partners
-Ticket counters at train stations and in the subway
– Tobacco shops and newspaper kiosks
– waste disposal companies
– Car and bicycle workshops and
– Car and bike rental
Shopping is only allowed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. This does not include pharmacies, petrol stations and delivery services. In the shops that remain open, however, only goods that correspond to the “typical range of goods of the respective shop” may be purchased. The distance rule, the 10-square-meter rule per customer and the mandatory wearing of mouth-nose protection while shopping also remain in place in open shops.
Gastronomy, accommodation, events and sports
Catering establishments remain closed. This does not apply to hospitals and sanatoriums, facilities for the elderly, care facilities and facilities for the disabled, facilities for the care and accommodation of children and adolescents, and company canteens exclusively for employees. It is still possible to pick up food and drinks between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The food and drinks must not be consumed within 50 meters of the business premises. As before, delivery service is possible around the clock. Accommodation establishments must also keep closed for tourist purposes.
Events are still prohibited. Exceptions are, for example, funerals with a maximum of 50 people, professional meetings that cannot be postponed, supervisory board meetings, general assemblies, works council meetings, meetings for absolutely necessary professional training and further education purposes and completion of professional final exams that require attendance and are not digitally possible.
It is forbidden for amateur athletes to enter sports facilities for the purpose of doing sports. Top sport is excluded from this. Individual outdoor sports are still possible.
Kindergarten, school and university are not covered by the scope of the new regulation.
work and job
Wherever possible, you should switch to home office. In the future, an MNS must be worn at the workplace if the minimum distance is less than one meter. Other suitable protective measures are also possible (permanent teams, partition walls).
Retirement and nursing homes
For protection in old people’s and nursing homes, employees in the respective facilities must be tested once a week. If tests are not available in sufficient quantities, priority should be given to testing employees who have contact with residents. As an alternative to the test, a Corona SARS-CoV-2 pandemic respiratory protection mask (CPA) or an equivalent or higher standard mask must be worn. Operators have to implement appropriate prevention concepts based on the risk analysis and the state of the art.
Residents of old people’s and nursing homes may be visited by one person a maximum of once a week (except for palliative and hospice care and pastoral care).
Visitors have to show a negative test result. In the case of an antigen test, the sample must be taken a maximum of 24 hours ago, and in the case of a PCR test, a maximum of 48 hours. If no negative test result can be presented, a Corona SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Respiratory Protection Mask (CPA) or an equivalent or higher standard mask must be worn at all times.
Hospitals and health resorts
To protect hospitals and health resorts, employees must be tested once a week. As an alternative to the test, a Corona SARS-CoV-2 pandemic respiratory protection mask (CPA) or an equivalent or higher standard mask must be worn.
Patients who have been admitted to hospitals or health resorts for more than a week may be visited by one person per week. Exceptions are:
– Visiting underage patients (no more than two people to accompany you)
– Patients in need of support (a maximum of two people to accompany)
– a maximum of one person to accompany you during examinations during pregnancy and before and during childbirth and to visit after childbirth
– Visits in the context of palliative and hospice support, pastoral care as well as support in critical life events
– Patient advocates according to the Accommodation Act (UbG), Federal Law Gazette No. 155/1990, as well as commissions established for the protection and promotion of human rights
Visitors have to show a negative test result. In the case of an antigen test, the sample must be taken a maximum of 24 hours ago, and in the case of a PCR test, a maximum of 48 hours. If no negative test result can be presented, a Corona SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Respiratory Protection Mask (CPA) or an equivalent or higher standard must be worn.
The ordinance comes into force on November 17, 2020 and applies up to and including December 6, 2020. Based on the relevant provisions of the COVID-19 Measures Act, the exit restrictions apply initially up to and including November 26, 2020 and must be passed through the main committee after 10 days of the National Council. The COVID-19 Emergency Measures Ordinance replaces the previously applicable COVID-19 Protective Measures Ordinance.