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It can be a complete shutdown: - We celebrate our last night freely

It can be a complete shutdown: – We celebrate our last night freely

Nicola, 40, and Fiona, 37, have one last tip before preparing for mandatory vaccinations and lockdown.

We celebrate our last night freely, says Nicholas, founder of the tourism industry.

The light is dim, jazz is on, and the bold red interior gives the group of friends the bar atmosphere they need right now. It might be the last party in town in a long time.

On Monday, Austria imposed a 10-day lockdown on unvaccinated people. They are only allowed to go out shopping, go to the doctor, work or go to school.

Friends Celebration: Fiona and Nicholas are fully vaccinated and can go to the pub right now. They think the whole of Austria will shut down. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

– unfair

RUFT: Robert thinks it's unfair that unvaccinated people don't have a social life outside of work.  Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

RUFT: Robert thinks it’s unfair that unvaccinated people don’t have a social life outside of work. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Nicola and many others believe there will be a closure for everyone, either from Monday or possibly from Saturday.

– My mother is a doctor. Intensive care units are struggling, and they must filter patients who will receive treatment. It seems like a lockdown for everyone is what’s needed, says Nicholas.

Behind the counter is Robert Kokokasonko (20) in his straw hat mixing American cocktails. He is among the unvaccinated, and tests himself every day to be able to function. As an unvaccinated person, he can only go to work, to the doctor or buy food, otherwise he will be at home.

It’s rude and unfair, he says of shutting down the unvaccinated.

He believes that the government should find other solutions.

Why are you not vaccinated?

I’m not a fan of vaccines. I think everyone should be able to decide whether or not they want to be vaccinated.

But are vaccines that will save us?

– Yes, they say so, but vaccinated people still get sick.

Bars open: Despite the accelerating infection rates in Austria, bars can still remain open until 4 at night in the capital.  Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Bars open: Despite the accelerating infection rates in Austria, bars can still remain open until 4 at night in the capital. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

bar Roberto in central Vienna is not even half full on a Thursday night. Bars can remain until 4 am in Vienna, despite the spread of Corona infection in recent days.

The Friends Group says that during the Corona period, the government has made it a norm to make small drops around the new measures. Now everyone is interpreting it as if there are very strict new measures, such as lockdown and mandatory vaccination.

– How do you see a possible new closure?

Don't Understand: Fiona has no understanding of who isn't vaccinated.  Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Don’t Understand: Fiona has no understanding of who isn’t vaccinated. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

– I’m very disappointed. We’ve heard for a long time that vaccines will save us, but then we’ll be locked inside again, says Fiona, who works in the sales department.

She and Nicholas were fully vaccinated. She has no understanding of who is not vaccinated.

Austria’s intervention measures against non-vaccinators made headlines around the world.

– We’re even in the headlines in Brazil, says Nicholas.

mandatory test?

The debate in Austria revolves around compulsory vaccination. Nikola should force people to vaccinate.

– Yes I think so. This is about the whole community. It’s true that these vaccines haven’t been tested in years, but the point is, that’s the only way society can continue to function, says Nicholas.

On the streets of Vienna decorated with Christmas, people rush. If you are going to a store, in some places you will be required to have a Corona passport. Mouthpieces are mandatory inside stores. Not the usual surgical sanitary napkins, but FFP2 sanitary pads. A more solid bond material that resembles a bird’s beak.

The mood is weak in Austria. The number of guests in restaurants and bars is less than usual. Hotels are not getting the reservations they were hoping for. And infection rates recorded a record high in recent days, reaching 14,000 injuries per day. Up to 40 people die every day.

The police were given the task of verifying that the suspension of non-vaccinators should be followed. Violation of the rules can result in a fine of up to 1,450 euros, which is equivalent to 14,346 Norwegian kroner.

Fines: Police must check that people meet the requirements for corona passports and that unvaccinated people stay at home.  People can be fined.  Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Fines: Police must check that people meet the requirements for corona passports and that unvaccinated people stay at home. People can be fined. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Experts and politicians are looking for actions that can help. One of them is mandatory vaccination, an interventional measure. Many infection control experts are calling for a complete shutdown. The compromise might be a nightly curfew. On Friday, the government will announce new measures.

The third is not immune

Austria is among the worst vaccines in Europe, if one ignores some Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. Just under 64 percent had fully vaccinated.

In order to vaccinate more people, two types of Corona passports have been introduced. The 2G version only provides access to restaurants and bars, among other things. To get this type of corona pass, you must be fully immune or have recently had COVID-19.

Vienna at night: You can still eat al fresco without being asked for your corona passport.  Inside, you should get a full vaccination to eat.  Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Vienna at night: You can still eat al fresco without being asked for your corona passport. Inside, you should get a full vaccination to eat. Photo: Santiago Vergara / TV 2

Fewer people: Corona's case results in fewer people on the streets of Vienna.  Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

Fewer people: Corona’s case results in fewer people on the streets of Vienna. Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

Vienna: The government will, on Friday, take further measures against COVID-19.  Many fear more closures.  Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

Vienna: The government will, on Friday, take further measures against COVID-19. Many fear more closures. Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

Scary Income: The pre-Christmas period is important for the trade fair in Vienna.  With far fewer people on the streets, that exceeds revenue.  Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

Scary Income: The pre-Christmas period is important for the trade fair in Vienna. With far fewer people on the streets, that exceeds revenue. Photo: Santiago Vergara S.

“Doctors and health professionals from all over Austria have told me about the tragic situation in hospitals and intensive care units,” President Alexander Van der Bellen said on Twitter on Thursday.

He warned that healthcare professionals, who struggle daily to survive coronary heart disease, are working as hard as they can handle.

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