MEET SAFE - FEEL SAFE
The latest information and the best places to turn for information and advice on the topic of Covid-19 in regard to event planning and management in the Innsbruck region.
Lockdown extended until 8 February!
In order to counteract the new virus mutations that have also arrived in Austria and are significantly more infectious, an extension of the lockdown that has been in place since 26 December 2020 has been announced. What is new are the significantly stricter Corona rules, which apply with immediate effect or from 25 January. Here is an overview of the stricter measures:
- GASTRONOMY AND TOURISM: Hotel business, gastronomy and events remain prohibited for the time being. The situation will be reassessed in mid-February and a gradual opening is planned. Existing exceptions, such as overnight stays for professional reasons and professional meetings that cannot be postponed, will still be allowed.
- COMMERCIAL, BODY-NARROW SERVICES AND MUSEUMS: May reopen on 08 February under strict conditions, such as the mandatory wearing of an FFP2 mask.
- MINIMUM SPACING: The baby elephant has grown! The minimum distance to be kept is now 2 metres.
- FFP2 MASKS: From 25 January, the wearing of FFP2 masks is compulsory in shops and in public transport. The masks can be purchased at "cost price" in supermarkets. It is not yet known how high this will be, but the price is likely to be around 1 EURO.
- The current overview of measures can be found here.
Fixed cost subsidy II to be applied for since 23.11.2020
Since Monday afternoon, 23 November 2020, it has been possible to apply for financial support under Fixed Cost Subsidy II. The period under consideration for funding runs from September 2020 to June 2021. Such an aid package (= Fixed Cost Grant I) already existed for the period from mid-March to mid-September 2020. In contrast to Fixed Cost Grant I, leasing instalments, depreciation (Afa) and frustrated expenses (= costs already incurred for projects that were not realised due to the pandemic) can now also be offset. Personnel expenses necessary to maintain minimum operation are also included in the fixed costs. Further information can be found here.
Current status for Innsbruck
VERY HIGH RISK (RED)
When the traffic light shows red (very high risk), the epidemiological situation can be described as follows:
- Very high cumulative 7-day incidence relative to the population size of the region under consideration
- High number of newly identified cases of unexplained source
- Uncontrolled spread of clusters
- Predominant occurrence of local clusters with extensive regional distribution
- Very high utilization of intensive care beds
- Test capacities at the limit
- Very high number of positive tests
Finally planning security for the Austrian event industry!
Hardly any other industry is as affected by the economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic as the event industry. The planning and implementation of an event is currently not only more complex due to hygiene and safety regulations, but also entails a financial risk. In order to counteract this, the Tourism Committee of the Federal Republic of Austria has developed a protective shield for the event industry, which again facilitates the planning and implementation of events.
It is planned that expenses that can no longer be cancelled, such as room rental, conference technology, will be reimbursed by the federal government if events cannot take place or can only take place to a limited extent due to Covid-19. The protective shield, amounting to € 300 million, is not intended as a subsidy, but as a liability of the Federal Government for non-cancellable costs.
The respective legal form, size and location of the company are irrelevant and may be claimed by all companies or organisers.
The Austrian Hotel and Tourism Bank takes care of the processing and is available for questions.
Here is a brief overview:
- From 15 January 2021, applications can be submitted via the Austrian Hotel and Tourism Bank (ÖHT).
- Applications must be submitted by 15 June 2021 at the latest and cover planned events until the end of 2022.
- The first eligible event date is 01 February 2021.
- A maximum of 1 million euros can be replaced at 90%, an increase is being negotiated.
NEW ENTRY REGULATION
Registration obligation upon entry into Austria
In order to facilitate quarantine control and contact tracing, a general online registration obligation has been in force since 15 January when entering Austria from abroad (pre-travel clearance).
Persons entering Austria, including Austrian citizens, have to enter their contact data, the date of entry, the date of departure, if any, as well as the countries of residence of the past 10 days online. Based on this data, the system determines which consequences will come into effect upon entry, i.e. whether a quarantine is required or whether the person may enter the country unhindered. The corresponding PDF document with QR code must always be printed out or carried digitally and presented at any checks. The data will be irrevocably deleted after 28 days from the date of entry.
Commuters, transit travellers and persons entering the country for family reasons worthy of consideration are exempt from the obligation to register.
Click here for the online form.
If you have any further questions concerning your entry into Austria, please visit the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry.
Further travel warnings for the province of Tyrol:
A complete overview of the currently valid warnings and country-specific travel information can also be found on the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
"SAFE HOUSE" FOR GUESTS IN INNSBRUCK
The Alphotel Innsbruck, Bernhard-Höfe-Straße 16, has been converted into a safe house and thus functions as quarantine accommodation for persons who have tested positive and suspected cases who do not have a residence in Tyrol. The segregated guests and tourism employees should not incur any costs herewith.
With "Tirol testet" and "Tirol impft", often unnoticed infections are to be detected in the future and possible chains of infection are to be stopped before they occur. Take advantage of this opportunity and help to detect infections in Tyrol and contain the virus.
- Tirol testet - free antigen tests in numerous screening streets in Tirol. Registrations are possible online.
- Tirol impft - pre-registration for all under 80-year-olds from 01 February.
The current vaccination schedule Tyrol can be found here.
Despite the greatest possible care, we cannot give any guarantee of completeness and correctness. The recommendations of the Innsbruck Convention Bureau do not replace official information channels or legal regulations.