Anyone wanting to visit restaurants, hotels and take part in events, get a haircut, etc, in Austria needs to do so pursuant to the so-called ‘3G Rule’.
The 3G Rule refers to ‘Getestet, Geimpft, Genesen’ (Tested, Vaccinated, Recovered) and describes the three ways someone can provide evidence they are immune to the virus.
This means they will need to show evidence of vaccination, a negative test or having recently recovered from the virus.
The rule applies for everyone over the age of 12 in Austria, although in Vienna it applies from the age of six.
People can either show paper evidence of compliance, or do so through the app.
Fines of €90 to be issued from Thursday
As of Thursday, July 15th, police will be able to issue on-the-spot fines for breaching the rules.
This includes people who have forged their 3G credentials – i.e. by using a forged certificate or by using that of another – or those who are not compliant with the 3G Rule but are in an area where it is required.
Previously, it was possible to fine someone for not complying with the rule, however this needed to take place through an administrative procedure which was time intensive.
Now fines can be issued immediately.
Anyone who is not complying with the rule can be fined, regardless of whether they are an Austrian citizen, a resident or a tourist.
Under the rule, anyone “failing to provide evidence of a low epidemiological risk” is liable for a fine of €90.
Failing to wear an appropriate mask properly in an area where it is required will also result in fines of €90.