Austria and the latest Covid-19 wave: There will be a nation-wide lock-down for the unvaccinated



12 November 2021

Current Situation in Austria

NEW “2-G-rule”: The following measures are in effect:

Like in many other European countries, COVID cases in Austria are currently rising. To keep locals and visitors safe, additional protection measures have been introduced:

  • For hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions (cinemas, theatres etc.), ski lifts and body-related services (such as hairdressers) proof of vaccination/recovery is mandatory (children under the age of 12 are exempt). Find more information here.
  • For events with 25 people or more proof of vaccination/recovery is mandatory (children under the age of 12 are exempt).
  • COVID tests (both PCR and antigen) are no longer valid as “entry tests”.
  • FFP2 masks are required on public transport, in cable cars and in all retail businesses and museums.
  • 2-dose-vaccinations are valid for 9 months only after the second dose from 6 December (previously: 12 months)
  • Up until 5 December, proof of the first dose plus a negative PCR test are valid for hospitality businesses, body-related services and events.
  • Children under 12 years are currently exempt from entry rules; for minors between 12 and 15 years, a solution is being worked on (Exemption: In Vienna, children from the age of 6 require an entry test).

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Nov. 12, 2021, 11:32 PM +08 / Updated Nov. 13, 2021, 1:11 AM +08

By Chantal Da Silva

Austria, like much of the world, is grappling with how to convince reluctant citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 so the rest of the country can return to daily life.

While its government prepares to impose a lockdown for the unvaccinated, one business has settled on an unlikely incentive.

FunPalast, a brothel in the capital Vienna, has opted to inject some enthusiasm — and Covid immunity — into its clientele by offering free access to anyone willing to get the jab on-site.

The brothel made international headlines this week after announcing it would be giving vouchers of 40 Euros (about $46) — the cost of entry — to anyone willing to get vaccinated at its pop-up clinic

Speaking with NBC News in a phone interview on Thursday, Christoph Lielacher, FunPalast’s chief executive, said the initiative started out as a clever “marketing idea,” but has since become an “absolutely serious” operation.

Nearly 150 visitors at the brothel were vaccinated on Monday alone, according to Lielacher. NBC News has not verified the numbers.

“We have a perfect vaccination line. We have two doctors, we have nurses…We have a room where you are vaccinated and afterwards, we have a room where you can sit down or lie down, so it’s not a joke. It’s a perfect line for vaccination,” he said.

Those who want to get vaccinated at the brothel but aren’t interested in accessing its other services, he said, can instead use their vouchers for access to the site’s fitness center.

Prostitution in Austria is legal and regulated.


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