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31st October 2021

The Austrian province is implementing the so-called ‘2G rule’ for late-night dining and events with over 500 people. Masks will also need to be worn in more locations. NEW

It means entry to certain venues and events will only be possible for people with proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or recovery.

A negative test result is now no longer sufficient.

The new rules come into force on Monday November 8th.

Austria’s Covid-19 rules are based on 3 ‘G’s: Geimpft (vaccinated), Genesen (recovered) and  Getestet (tested negative).

The governor, Günther Platter, said the new rules were the only alternative due to the rising numbers of people needing to be treated in hospital.

82 people are in hospital with Covid-19, and 20 of them are in intensive care.

The forecast is for 30 people to be in intensive care by the end of the week.

The Tirol is also extending the number of places where FFP2 masks are required to be worn.

They will be needed in all shops and in museums, cinemas, theatres and libraries.

This is already the case in Upper Austria and Salzburg.

Masks are required in certain places in ski resorts, including enclosed lifts, for next winter.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourust Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

Across Austria the number of cases continues to rise with 288 confirmed cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.

It is 112 in Switzerland, 57 in France and 45 in Italy.

In the UK it remains at 443.

PlanetSKI is planning to be in the Tirol next week to ski at some of the glacier resorts near Innsbruck.

We will be reporting back on the new restrictions and the impact on the ski resorts for next winter.

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