In South Tyrol discos close and outdoor masks return, on public transport the Ffp2 must be worn. In the “red” municipalities, bars and restaurants must close at 6 pm and a curfew is set between 8 and 5 in the morning. Theaters and cinemas also close and rehearsals are suspended. Ffp2 obligation in shops. The order of the governor Arno Kompatscher provides for this. The declared objective of the squeeze is to curb the spread of the pandemic, which is regaining momentum in South Tyrol, and to ensure the start of the ski season after an entire winter with the lifts stopped.
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By intervening rigorously in the areas most affected by the fourth wave, Bolzano hopes to avoid even more restrictive measures, such as the Austrian lockdown, and a new setback for trade and tourism in view of the holidays. Austria, hitherto often a positive example for the management of the pandemic, was completely overwhelmed by the fourth wave and is back in lockdown as of today. The weekly incidence at national level is now over 1,100, in the Land of Tyrol even 1,287. It is much better on this side of the Brenner with an incidence of 407, but as confirmed by the example of Austria, the numbers can increase exponentially in a few days. In fact, the situation is worrying in some municipalities, such as Rodegno, at the entrance to the Val Pusteria, where currently 8.16% of the population is positive.
For this reason, the provincial council has decided to tighten, which will affect above all the “red” municipalities, about twenty in all, where the pandemic is starting to gallop again after the summer truce. Number one priority is to limit the risk of contagion. Therefore, the early closure of public establishments is triggered. In the villages, the Gasthof (the trattoria) is the popular meeting point to spend the evening between a glass of white wine and a game of cards. The ‘red’ municipalities are Rodengo, San Pancrazio, Caines, Vandoies, Ultimo, Martello, Castelbello Ciardes, Naz-Sciaves, Senales, Plaus, Castelrotto, Marlengo, Laion, Postal, Ortisei, Moso in Passiria, Funes, Santa Cristina Valgardena, Rasun Anterselva and Rio di Pusteria. “We have to avoid overloading the hospitals again. We need everyone’s solidarity, ”said Svp Secretary Philipp Achammer, reiterating the need to distinguish between vaccinated and non-vaccinated. “It is not a question of discriminating against the unvaccinated, but of allowing the immunized to have liberties. Everyone must assume their responsibility. “Achammer also states that everything must be done to avoid another lockdown, but that nothing is now guaranteed. Everyone hoped that measures such as curfews were now just a distant memory of the pre-vaccine phase of the pandemic.