“Similar to Christmas”: visiting rules at Easter are to be relaxed
10:14 p.m., March 19, 2021
Visiting rules at Easter based on those for Christmas? At least the Chief Medical Officer has such plans Katharina Reich presented on Thursday to the traffic light commission, emerges from the minutes of the meeting, which became public on Friday. Religious events are supposed to – where possible – take place outdoors.
On December 24th and 25th, the nocturnal exit restrictions were completely lifted. In addition, the contact restrictions have been significantly relaxed: A maximum of ten people from up to ten different households were then allowed to meet. At the moment, meetings of a maximum of four people from two different households plus underage children are again permitted.
It is also planned according to Reich a “toolbox” for regional action in areas with high incidences, the details of which have yet to be discussed with the federal states. There, three classes of federal states and two levels for official measures are to be defined. In addition, there are possibilities for relaxing the content, which are linked to the achievement of certain incidence limits. The incidence values mentioned are 200 and 400 per 100,000 inhabitants. If the latter limit were exceeded, an unmanageable situation would arise in the intensive care units in Vienna, for example Herwig Ostermann quoted by Gesundheit Österreich GmbH.
Kindergartens and schools as problem areas
The situation is already not rosy. According to the prognosis, the coating in the intensive care units will increase from the current 19.6 percent to 25.5 percent by March 24th. According to the protocol, it is pointed out that the Burgenland is expected to exceed the capacities reported as of March 16 in the intensive area. The state representative was particularly critical of the availability of sufficient staff. An intensive coordinator is now to be set up in all countries, which is supposed to take care of the possibility of taking over intensive care patients in other regions with even more available capacities.
Both kindergartens and schools have been perceived as a problematic area for a long time. As before, the majority of the clusters acquired in the educational setting are triggered by educators. The positivity rate in the teacher population is around ten times higher than in the student population. Clusters have also emerged in school buses, in kindergartens, in a homeless institution and in the sports and dance sector. Sharp declines were recorded in the largely vaccinated nursing and retirement homes.
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