Austria announces new COVID-19 restrictions for unvaccinated

With vaccination numbers stagnating at 60% and a rise in infection rates, Austria was forced to introduce more restrictive measures. [SHutterstock/Spitzi-Foto]

New restrictions will apply from 15 September and specifically target population groups who refuse to get vaccinated. Restrictions will not apply to those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

“We don’t have any plans for restrictions of the vaccinated population but will implement protective measures for the unvaccinated population,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference.

With vaccination numbers stagnating at 60% and a rise in infection rates, Austria was forced to introduce more restrictive measures.

The government will introduce a three-phase plan to avoid a new pandemic wave that would include tightening measures for the unvaccinated if the occupancy rate of intensive care units increases.

“We have to achieve the goal of keeping the occupancy rate of intensive care units low, avoid school closures and increase the vaccination quota,” Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein stressed.

However, the government’s new strategy does not include plans for a lockdown. If a lockdown becomes necessary due to a rise in infections, it will only apply to the unvaccinated, Kurz said.

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