Doctors, airports and long-distance trains: Austria extends FFP2 mask requirement

Doctors, airports and long-distance trains: Austria extends FFP2 mask requirement
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From Monday, FFP2 masks will be required in more locations than previously thought - including doctors surgeries, on long-distance trains and in airports.

 

From January 25th, FFP2 masks will be required in all retail shops and supermarkets, along with public transport in Austria. 

On Friday, January 22nd, Austria clarified that FFP2 masks would also be required in doctors practices, on long-distance trains, on planes and in airports. 

Austrian medical experts criticised the government for its lack of clarity in the original announcement. 

Christoph Reisner, President of the Lower Austrian Medical Association, said patients would be refused entry to practices if they did not comply. 

“If these people come without an FFP2 mask, they are legally not allowed to enter the ordination,” he said. 

Everyone 14 years and over will be required to wear an FFP2 mask unless they have a medical exemption. 

Masks required on long-distance transport

When the announcement was made, only ‘public transport’ was specified for inclusion. 

Germany’s tighter mask requirement does not include long-distance trains, forcing the Austrian government to issue a clarification that FFP2 will also be required on long-distance trains. 

Anyone who does not wear a mask on Austrian federal railways (ÖBB) will risk a fine of €40. 

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