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Factsheet for measure AT-2021-47/2084 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 November 2021 – 30 April 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 November 2021 (updated 01 March 2023)|
Austria's economy depends highly on tourism, and in winter especially on ski tourism for guests from Austria and neighbouring countries. In order to support winter tourism in the second pandemic winter, specific regulations have entered into force, ensuring to enable a safe and healthy winter season for domestic and foreign tourists.
In order to provide for a safe winter season, the Austrian federal ministries of tourism and health provided specific regulations on 20 October 2021 for the winter tourism industry. The legal framework of the existing [step-by-step Corona plan] (https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2021-38_2085)) forms the background to the winter tourism measures, up to level three (which means an ICU occupancy rate of 20% or 400 occupied intensive care beds by COVID-19 patients).
Rules in the following areas were specified:
In principle the 3-G rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) applies; since 15 September, the period of validity of antigen tests have been reduced from 48 to 24 hours. When step 2 of the Corona plan is reached, self-administered antigen test are no longer permitted for entry into restaurants and hotels. When step 3 of the plan is reached, antigen test are no longer permitted as evidence of entry, instead, only PCR tests are accepted. In order to protect employees and guests, the "Safe Hospitality" test programme is being extended (PCR tests once a week).
In general, the same rules apply to après-ski as to night gastronomy. At level 1 of the Corona step plan, guests must show a valid negative PCR test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, in order to be allowed entry (3-G, but only PCR tests accepted and not antigen tests). At level 2, the 2-G rule applies (only vaccinated and recovered visitors are granted access). In addition (and depending on the local infection situation), municipalities can adopt more stringent measures such as early curfews.
At all steps of the Corona plan, an FFP 2 mask is to be worn in closed or coverable vehicles (gondolas, cabins, coverable chairlifts) and in the closed rooms of the associated stations. From the start of the season on 15 November 2021, the 3-G rule is introduced:
The 3-G rule does not apply to users who use the cable car to cover basic needs of daily life (e.g. if the cable car is used as a means of public transport by residents).
For Christmas markets being defined as occasional markets (and not grocery markets), a 3-G proof is required for access.
In practice, these rules have been in place only for a very short period in time, as on 22 November, a nation-wide lockdown was imposed, with gastronomy (with the exception of take-away), hotels and Christmas markets being closed.
An exception to the lockdown activities is skiing. Ski lifts (and cableways) may operate, imposing the 2-G rule (either vaccinated or recovered guests) plus the mandatory wearing of an FFP 2 mask during transport in cableways.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|12 December 2021||
Upon the end of the lockdown on 12 December, the 2-G rule (either vaccinated or recovered guests) and mandatory FFP-2 mask wearing have remained in place for ski lifts and cableways. Gastronomy and accomodation, as well as Christmas markets are only available upon 2-G proof and night gastronomy/après ski remains closed all together.
No information available.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners' involvement is unknown.
The employer organisation WKO welcomes regulations that allow the tourism industry to open.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Rules for winter tourism season 2021/22, measure AT-2021-47/2084 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2021-47_2084.html
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