Corona Crisis

Austria to end lockdown on 12 December

The new Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announces a date for the end of the lockdown.
The new Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announces a date for the end of the lockdown.

Positive news for the hospitality industry: Austria's new Chancellor Karl Nehammer wants to end the lockdown for vaccinated people on December 12, but it will continue for unvaccinated people.

Nehammer said on Tuesday at his first press conference as chancellor. In addition to retailers, hotels and restaurants are also to open. The question is under which conditions. He was currently in talks with experts and politicians from the other parties. Final decisions should be made at a Corona summit today.

Hotelier Harisch: "Winter season starts".

Lanserhof boss Christian Harisch said: "After this clear statement by the new Chancellor, we must please inform our guests that it will be up again on 13.12. or 12.12.2021, 24.00 and the winter season will start." Harisch had always called for an early lockdown so that the Christmas and winter seasons could then reopen.

Lockdown imposed for 20 days

The country had imposed a lockdown since November 22 for a maximum of 20 days due to high corona and hospitalization rates. It also imposed a mandatory vaccination from February. Austria had last recorded a 7-day incidence of 567 cases per 100,000 population. The rate of fully vaccinated people is around 67 percent. A total of 1.2 million COVID-19 infections have been recorded so far, as well as 12,844 Corona-related deaths (as of 07/12/2021). This corresponds to an infection rate of 13.30 percent and a lethality rate of 1.07 percent.

Nehammer was sworn in on Monday after first Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned in October and then his successor Alexander Schallenberg last week. Nehammer was previously Austria's interior minister and before that secretary general of the Austrian People's Party ÖVP.