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Austrians protest against COVID-19 restrictions, mandatory vaccination

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated against Austria’s COVID–19 measures and mandatory vaccination on Saturday at a rally in Vienna’s Heldenplatz square.
The protesters waved Austrian flags and displayed placards with slogans against mandatory vaccination.
Austria introduced mandatory vaccinations at the start of February, with the health ministry saying people who have not been vaccinated by March 15 will be committing an administrative offence.
From March 15, police will carry out random checks such as at road blocks and offenders will face legal proceedings.
“We don’t need this, we don’t want this,” said one protester who didn’t wanto to be named. “The dangers are in no way justifiable and completely outrageous,” he added, referring to COVID vaccinations.
People aged 18 and over with an address in Austria are affected by the new regulation, according to Austria’s health ministry
Saturday’s demonstration coincided with Austria eliminating the so-called “2G rules” barring those who are not vaccinated against or recovered from the virus from entering non-essential shops.
Since Nov. 15 those not fully vaccinated have been under lockdown, meaning they are only allowed to leave their homes for a limited number of reasons such as shopping for essentials or working. The measure, which was suspended over Christmas, has been criticised as very difficult to enforce.
Now, alongside entering shops Austria will also ease measures barring the unvaccinated from restaurants from Feb. 19, allowing those with a negative COVID test result to visit restaurants and tourist attractions.
However, those who are not vaccinated against or recovered from the virus remain barred from taking part in a range of leisure activities, including eating in restaurants or shopping for non-essential items.The post Austrians protest against COVID-19 restrictions, mandatory vaccination first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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