Two-Tier Society: Austria Imposing Regional Lockdowns, But Only on Unvaxed

Two-Tier Society: Austria Imposing Regional Lockdowns, But Only on Unvaxed


VIENNA (AP) – Austria is implementing lockdowns for unvaccinated people in two hard-hit regions next week and looks poised to move forward with similar measures nationwide, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Friday.

Starting Monday, unvaccinated people in the regions of Upper Austria and Salzburg will only be allowed to leave home for specific necessary reasons, such as buying groceries or going to the doctor.

Schallenberg said he and regional leaders will meet again on Sunday and plan to give approval for implementing those measures across the country.

At a separate press conference Friday, Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said the government will introduce a vaccine requirement for people working in the healthcare industry. He did not specify when the new requirements will take effect.

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