- An Austrian province plans to lock only unvaccinated people from Monday.
- It means they cannot leave their home except for essential reasons such as buying food and exercising.
- The Austrian chancellor said: “There should be no lockdown for vaccinated people in solidarity with the unvaccinated.”
A province in Austria plans to impose a COVID-19 lockdown only on unvaccinated people as the country faces another wave.
The province of Upper Austria plans to make the change on Monday, pending federal government approval, Thomas Stelzer, the region’s governor, Die Presse reported.
Under the plans, unvaccinated people will not be allowed to leave the house except for essential reasons such as buying food and exercising, the BBC reported.
The exact number of unvaccinated people in Upper Austria is not clear. The province will have 1.5 million inhabitants as of December 2020, CEIC Data reported, and the country is 65% vaccinated, according to the federal government.
People who have not been vaccinated in Austria have already been barred from places such as cinemas, shops and restaurants, as well as major events, The Local Austria noted.
The rest of the country could follow the province’s lead.
Austria’s chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said a national lockdown for unvaccinated people is “probably inevitable,” Die Presse reported.
Schallenberg said on Thursday, according to The Guardian: “I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because a third is in doubt.
“It is clear to me that there should be no lockdown for vaccinated people out of solidarity with the unvaccinated.”
He added: “A lockdown for the unvaccinated means one cannot leave their home unless they go to work, shop [for essentials], stretching our legs – namely exactly what we all had to endure in 2020.”