For example, hairdressers without a corona test will need FFP2 masks in the future
For certain professional groups with customer contact or lack of distance opportunities – by the corresponding resolution in the National Council on Thursday – regular COVID-19 tests can be prescribed after the end of the lockdown. If you don't want to take a test, you have to wear an FFP2 mask. For example, the ÖBB are making such FFP2 masks available to their employees with passenger contact because of the high number of new corona infections, the state railway announced on Friday.
Both tests and any COVID-19 vaccinations by company doctors can be carried out during working hours and are considered prevention time within the meaning of the Employee Protection Act.
In the past two weeks, several thousand such masks have been issued to train conductors and post bus drivers, according to the ÖBB. 500,000 pieces are reserved for procurement and can be accessed in the next few weeks. According to reports, people are also preparing for FFP2 masks in retail.
According to the political decision, the test or mask requirement applies to nursing and hospital staff, teachers and kindergarten teachers, providers of body-friendly services such as hairdressers, employees in the catering and retail sectors, trainers as well as bus drivers and other employees in transport companies.
The alternative of wearing the FFP2 mask instead of a test does not apply in old people's homes, homes for the disabled and nursing homes, as well as in hospitals and health resorts.
The topic is – not only in business – what is now often what is known as pure testing. The National Council also paved the way for this yesterday, Thursday. This means that after the lockdown it will be possible to take part in events and take a vacation with a negative smear.
But NEOS economics spokesman Sepp Schellhorn doesn't really want to believe that the so-called pure testing is even used, even if he supports it. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) has “proven that he is not bringing any legally clean and practical regulations on the way,” he said to the APA on Friday. Schellhorn also recalled the tax-financed employee tests in tourism in the summer. In the “flopped” project by Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP), the tests are “not even a third of the target”.
Furthermore, it is unclear when hotels and restaurants will be allowed to open again, said the opposition politician and tourism expert. He himself put the employees off “week after week” in his activities.
“At the moment everything indicates that the winter season should be written off,” said Schellhorn. For the upcoming semester break (staggered by federal state from January 30th to February 18th), hotels and their suppliers “need at least two weeks' notice to organize their employees and make all the preparations. The semester break in Vienna, the most populous federal state by far, starts in two Weeks.
The federal government made up of the ÖVP and the Greens wants to decide this weekend how the lockdown will continue. No opening steps are planned before January 25th. Because of the number of infections and new virus mutations, it is unlikely that everything will then unlock.