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“Model region” starts: Something normal with many requirements in Vorarlberg

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The Vorarlberg model region starts today. With masks, distance and corona tests, the westernmost federal state of Austria is trying the first steps to open it.

From Michael Prock, Vorarlberger Nachrichten | 6:05 a.m., March 15, 2021

Thomas Khüny and Belinda Hintermaier from the “Löwenbar” © Stiplovsek Dietmar Package

The tables have been cleaned, the glasses have been cleared and the tap is ready for use. The cards for guest registration with the QR code are also already on the table “Löwenbar” in Hohenems. Thomas Khüny and Belinda Hintermaier (Picture) are prepared. “We are happy that things are starting again after a four and a half month break. It is good for everyone. The people are simply missing something,” said Khüny happily.

The “Löwenbar” belongs to a minority: In a survey by the Chamber of Commerce, only 31 percent of 654 Vorarlberg catering establishments surveyed stated that they would open the door. 39 percent have a fixed permit, 30 percent do not yet know how to proceed. Gastronomy is one of several areas that will open from today. The cultural scene is also allowed to start, but is also struggling with the exit restriction from 8 p.m.

The Events sector it’s similar, on Tuesday is in the Bludenzer Remise but already a concert planned. in the Children and youth sector become extracurricular activities without physical contact possible. Youth work and self-help groups are also starting again. For everything there is a test requirement in different forms: While in the catering trade only corona tests from the Test road are allowed, the other divisions can also use a Self test be visited. However, this is only valid for 24 hours and must be registered online, according to the specifications.

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