In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Austria, the government has imposed a nationwide lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Monday that millions of people will be put on lockdown starting tomorrow due to an alarming increase in infections.
The move, which would affect approximately two million people in a country of 8.9 million, makes it illegal for unvaccinated people to leave their homes save for essential tasks like working, grocery shopping, or getting vaccinated.
Because children under the age of 12 cannot be officially vaccinated, it will not apply to children.
It comes after police used water cannons on hundreds of Dutch protestors yesterday night as they objected to the partial return of lockdown mandated by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Hundreds of protesters came upon the streets of Vienna’s Ballhausplatz earlier today for an anti-vaccination rally.
As they strolled through the streets, protesters held placards that read “no compulsory vaccination.”
‘It is our job as the government of Austria to protect the people,’ Mr. Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. As a result, we’ve decided to put the unvaccinated on lockdown starting Monday.’
According to Mr. Schallenberg, the lockdown will last for ten days at first, and police have been asked to check people outside to ensure they are vaccinated.