Coronavirus in Austria: Which professions must get tested or wear an FFP2 mask?

Coronavirus in Austria: Which professions must get tested or wear an FFP2 mask?
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Members of certain professions will be required to take weekly coronavirus tests or wear an FFP2 mask.
Under Austria’s coronavirus mass-testing scheme, members of certain professions are to be tested in January.
 
While nobody can be forced to be tested, those who refuse will have to wear FFP2 coverings. 
 
Employees in certain job types or industries where distance cannot be maintained will face a testing requirement. 
 
Which professions must get tested or wear masks? 
 
Although not an exhaustive list, it includes teachers, school/kindergarten staff, nursing and hospital staff, doctors, public transport workers, and people who work in 'body-friendly services' such as in hairdressing salons, restaurants and fitness centres, reports ORF
 
Austria's federal transit network – the ÖBB – has ordered 500,000 FFP2 masks and made them available to their employees who have regular contact with passengers. 
 
People who work in nursing homes and aged care facilities, as well as disabled care facilities, are required to test and cannot avoid the testing obligation by wearing a mask instead, reports Austrian media
 
The law also provides that the testing may take place during work hours. 

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