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Minister of Health Johannes Rauch does not rule out a new mask requirement before autumn
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Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) does not rule out a comeback of the mask requirement before autumn. He defended the abolition of compulsory vaccination and the extensive lack of corona protection measures despite the increasing number of infections.

“I’ve always said that: If we approach a situation that tends to overload the health system, then of course I’m obliged to react,” said Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) in the Ö1 morning journal on the question of reintroducing the obligation to wear masks in the public area.

Minister of Health Rauch appeals for personal responsibility

Rauch does not see a zigzag course given that the mask requirement was only suspended for three months in June. The ministry reassesses the situation every week, while also observing developments in other countries. Try not to play “mask-up, mask-down” games.

Rauch defended that the mask requirement was not retained in certain areas such as public transport, as in Vienna, in view of the expected further corona wave. He assumes that we will have to live with the mask, after all, further waves can be expected in the coming years. When dealing with the pandemic, personal responsibility, self-assessment and solidarity with others will be needed. “We’ll have to learn that.” It will be advisable to wear a mask in the morning rush hour on public transport, but less so in the empty train in the evening. In any case, his goal is to find a middle ground between as few restrictions as possible and still being careful.

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Rauch defends the abolition of compulsory vaccination

Rauch again defended that the vaccination requirement, which had recently been suspended, should now be completely abolished. This is a massive encroachment on personality and freedom rights and, according to the vaccination commission, it would not have been proportionate to focus on vaccination. “I can’t just take a measure that’s a really clear intrusion if it’s not justified both technically and legally, and it wasn’t.” The decision has now been made to abolish it because this measure would divide society. In the autumn, however, in view of the multiple crises such as the Ukraine war, inflation and problems with the energy supply, “every millimeter of solidarity and community spirit will be needed”.

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