Undercover Police To Inspect Vax Pass Papers As Austria Intensifies COVID Crackdown

‚ú™ Undercover Police are being now deployed in Austria to assist in the enforced intensification of COVID restrictions in the country...

Austrian police are to considerably ramp up checks regarding COVID restrictions. The crackdown will even go as far as deploying plainclothes police to the streets to catch out those who might attempt to go about their daily business while avoiding officers, as reported by the top Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

While authorities in the country have already reportedly completed 1.6 million checks since the start of the nation‚Äôs ‚ÄúCorona Apartheid” lockdown of unvaccinated individuals, Austria‚Äôs Interior Minister Gerhard Karner has said additional public checks will be ramped up even further.

‚ÄúThe controls will‚Ķ continue to be intensified, above all out of fairness towards those who support the necessary restrictions in solidarity,‚ÄĚ the interior minister said, it was¬†reported¬†Monday.

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about taking action against those who do not adhere to the rules. And taking action with fairness towards those who support the measures,‚Ä̬†DiePresse reported Karner as also saying.

Kronen Zeitung also cites the ramping up of checks to a reduction in other types of crime throughout Austria, partly as a result of COVID measures as the 10pm curfew on venues such as restaurants and bars.

The increased number of checks will reportedly¬†focus¬†on the nation‚Äôs gastronomy sector, including bars and restaurants, as well retail and ‚Äč‚Äčtourist hotspots to make sure all rules are being followed, according to the minister.

Austria’s increase in police checks will coincide with the introduction of even more security measures on Tuesday aimed at further curbing the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus.

One such measure includes checking every person entering most shops for proof of vaccination or recovery in order to prevent those without COVID papers from accessing retail services.

There will also be spot checks conducted on the streets as before, except performed by undercover police officers, with ‚Äúspecial patrols‚Ķ to monitor compliance with the Corona measures,‚ÄĚ KZ¬†reported. The nation‚Äôs government is also¬†still¬†looking to implement a policy regime of mandatory vaccination across the country.

The ruling administration in Austria originally hoped to have the mandate implemented by February, with all those remaining unvaccinated after that point facing hefty fines and even possible imprisonment.

However, due to apparent communication failures on the part of government officials, many of the restrictions will not become legal until after April 1st, while some remaining legally impossible indefinitely.

Despite the government miscommunications, the nation has continued its promised indefinite lockdown of the unvaccinated, despite many within the country protesting the measures.

Over 40,000 attended a demonstration in Vienna on Saturday to protest the COVID measures currently in place, with a further demonstration taking place in Innsbruck on Sunday.

This latter protest in Innsbruck went ahead as planned despite disapproving remarks from the government regarding the attendance of members of the¬†Freiheitliche Partei √Ėsterreichs, or Freedom Party of Austria.‚ú™

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