Austria’s COVID-19 case increase has led to new restrictions for unvaccinated persons.
People who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be allowed to leave their home for work, grocery shopping, or emergency situations. Monday was the effective date of the new mandate.
According to Alexander Schallenberg (Austria’s Chancellor), “We aren’t taking this step lightly, however, unfortunately it is necessary.” BBC.
Fewer than 65%Austrians have a lower rate of fully vaccinated people than in many other European countries.
NPR reports Police are performing spot checks to verify proof of vaccination.
The lockdown is not applicable to children younger than 12 and those who have recently recovered from this virus.
BBC reports that the mandate was originally scheduled to last 10 working days.