Factsheet for case AT-2020-13/224 – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 April 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Reorientation of business activities
– Creation of platforms for businesses aimed at customer
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Case created||31 March 2020 (updated 02 May 2020)|
When the Austrian government ordered the temporary closure of accommodations (hostels, hotels, B&B etc.) as one public health measure to combat the Corona virus, this website was set up. Its aim is to match open hotels with companies providing essential services, who are looking for temporary accommodation for workers in essential service. e.g. for caregivers, food retailers, mechanics and aid workers.
It is available for all 9 Austrian regions. For establishments in the regions of Salzburg, Carinthia and Vorarlberg special exceptions are required, as all touristic establishments have been locked between 16 March 2020 and 13 April 2020, in the first place.
Businesses in accommodation services can register on openhotels.at and companies can then look for open accommodation for essential workers in their regions. It has been set up by the section on hotel businesses of the Federal Economic Chamber (WKO). Establishments can register on the platform, once they have been issued such an exception. Sanctions for keeping the establishments open and non-compliance with the regulation amount to €1,450 or alternatively imprisonment of up to four weeks.
Establishments can register on the platform, once they have been issued such an exception. Sanctions for keeping the establishments open and non-compliance with the regulation amount to €1,450 or alternatively imprisonment of up to four weeks.
Workers in essential services
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The platform is a unilateral initiative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), industry section for hotels, an employers' organisation.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), OpenHotel platform for essential workers, case AT-2020-13/224 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.