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Click here to see the Addendum to the Return to VIC plan

Click here to see the 'Return To The VIC Plan'

For the latest numbers of COVID-19 infection and recovery rates click here

Read more information relating to the return to the VIC premises in the VBO updates, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.


Advice from the VIC Medical Service

  • If you have travelled during the last 14 days to one of the affected countries, then call the Austrian COVID-19 hotline: 1450.
  • If you have not travelled and are still worried call your GP or 1450.
  • If the symptoms are mild and you would be considered a suspected case, then 1450 will inform the Aerztefunkdienst, the mobile doctor service, and you will be tested at your home. Results are back normally within 24 hours, sometimes earlier.
  • You can also contact Medical Service which is able to assist with the assessment for any suspected case and can facilitate the process with the Austrian health line 1450.

If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be monitored and asked to stay in home quarantine by the Austrian authorities. Most of the time (more than 80 percent of cases) the illness will be a mild disease (flu-like, common cold-like illness).

Your family members have a potential chance to be infected during your 14-day home quarantine. The principles of avoiding close contact still apply at home. If possible, you should have your own room to separate you physically from the rest of the family. If that is not possible direct or close contact should be avoided, in line with the general respiratory illness prevention measures. This procedure would apply if a family member tests positive rather than you.

In case of any severe illness you call 144 and the emergency ambulance service will attend to you.

You must notify the VIC Medical Service about the positive test result. This will allow the Medical Service to monitor and assist with any questions regarding healthcare matters.

Insights on how to get the support you need

Around the world, social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures are part of the global effort to slow COVID 19’s spread. But cutting regular social contact and interrupting daily routines, combined with the stress of family and work responsibilities and the exposure to worrying news, can take a toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing.

What to Expect

During a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you or your family members may experience:

  • Fear and anxiety: Feeling anxious or worried about contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, having concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations.
  • Lack of energy and sadness: Interrupting your daily routine may result in feelings of sadness, apathy or boredom.
  • Anger, frustration or irritability: Loss of personal freedom can be frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment leading you to get easily upset with those close to you.
  • Stigmatization: If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others.

How to Cope Better

It is important to recognize these emotions and to know that there are tools to help you cope better in this difficult situation.

Limit news consumption to reliable sources

It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19. Trusted organizations—including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are ideal sources of information on the virus. Remember that too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation, such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language.

Create and follow a daily routine

Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine. Try to include regular daily activities, such as work, exercise or learning, even if they must be executed remotely. Integrate other healthy pastimes as needed.

Stay virtually connected with others

Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but psychologists suggest using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks. If you’re feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle seek professional support when needed

Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so. Try to avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stresses of isolation and quarantine. If needed, consider telehealth options for psychotherapy. If you already have a psychologist, contact her or him to see if they can continue your sessions online.

Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

Aim to make a realistic assessment of your concerns and your ability to cope. Accept that there are things beyond your control, which cannot be changed, and focus on the positive elements in your life and the things you can do. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications and online videos that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises(see for example20 Minute Connection Practice and Guided Meditation) and coping and resilience resources such as exercises for deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation and more.

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 offers an excellent compilation of resources on meditation, stress management and other coping techniques for individuals, managers and children.

Focusing on the altruistic reasons for social distancing, quarantine or isolation can also help mitigate psychological distress. Remember that by following these measures, you and your family are protecting yourselves and your community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Helping your children cope with stress

Keep in mind that children may experience stress in different ways, such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. It is important to listen to their concerns and reassure them, providing age-appropriate factual information about the situation and the protective measures that should be followed. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

Adapted from:

www.apa.org;

www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

www.who.int

Other helpful resources:

https://www.mindful.org/connection-practice-remedy-feelings-isolation/

www.mindful.org/category/meditation/guided-meditation/

For people who have seasonal allergies, springtime this year coincides with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Because both conditions affect the respiratory tract, it is understandable that a person who has seasonal allergies would get anxious this year. Keep in mind that the main difference between both conditions is that seasonal allergies generally don’t cause fever or gastro-intestinal symptoms, and they respond to treatment with an antihistamine or similar medications.

Below are some tips to help distinguish the two conditions:

Symptom Covid-19 Allergy
Fever Yes No
Chills Yes No
Body aches Yes No
Shortness of breath Yes Rarely (asthma, bronchitis)
Fatigue Yes Generally no
Cough Yes (dry, persistent) Yes (dry/productive)
Sore/itchy throat Yes Yes
Sneezing Rarely Yes
Running nose Yes, sometimes Yes, commonly
Congested nose Yes Yes, very much so
Red eye Yes - rarely, not itchy Yes common, itchy
Headache Yes Yes, sometimes
Nausea and Vomiting Yes No
Diarrhoea yes No

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and you are not sure whether your symptoms are due to one or the other condition, please contact your doctor or the VIC Medical Service for assistance.


Updates from the main Vienna Based Organizations ​​in the VIC

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and another UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for CTBTO, and close contacts have been informed One person works for the IAEA and another for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for UNIDO, but not in Austria.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 167, of whom 141 work at the VIC. Of the total of 167 personnel, 130 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing today there were early indications lockdown measures were having some effect, but the figures were still dramatically high. A clearer picture of the latest lockdown measures would be available toward the end of this week, he said.
  • Anschober said if conditions allow there would be a gradual easing from 7 December. The authorities were working on the sequence in which sectors would reopen. Schools were likely to open first. He said measures would still be needed to avoid stumbling at high speed into a third lockdown after the holiday season.
  • A condition for easing measures was that the reproduction number (R number) should be 0.9 or lower, ideally 0.8, he said. This would mean the number of infections would start to fall. The figure is 1.02 now, meaning the number of infections continues to increase.
  • Anschober said vaccinations could start to be given in Austria in January, assuming regulators approved the vaccines by then. The vaccination strategy would be outlined in the coming days.
  • He also said the authorities were working on the details for a mass testing plan.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. Anschober said the app would play an increasing role. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and another UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for CTBTO, and close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 164, of whom 139 work at the VIC. Of the total of 164 personnel, 127 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government announced on Friday that it would start to carry out voluntary mass testing from 5 December.
  • School and kindergarten teachers will be tested first on 5-6 December, followed by police officers on 7-8 December. People in particularly affected areas will also be tested around this time.
  • Testing for the broader population will be carried out shortly before the Christmas holidays and then again early in the New Year. Details on how and where the tests will be conducted will be made available closer to the time.
  • Participation is free of charge as well as voluntary.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged all those living in Austria to participate, saying it was a chance to return to some kind of normality before people could be vaccinated. This included trying to make it possible for families to gather at Christmas, he said.
  • The Austrian military will be deployed to help health workers and trained volunteers carry out the rapid antigen tests at centres across the country.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA. In one case close contacts have been informed and in the other case there was no workplace exposure. Two people work for UNIDO outside of Austria. There was no workplace exposure. One person works for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 161, of whom 136 work at the VIC. Of the total of 161 personnel, 111 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV/UNODC at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 156, of whom 133 work at the VIC. Of the total of 156 personnel, 110 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s Health Minister said yesterday the number of people testing positive was stabilizing but “at a dramatically high level”. He said it was a race against time to stop intensive care units at hospitals from being overwhelmed.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German .
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service, updated information on Access and Services
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV/UNODC at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 155, of whom 132 work at the VIC. Of the total of 155 personnel, 109 have recovered.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will further reduce significantly their presence at the VIC.

ACCESS

Given the restricted number of access points, personnel entering the VIC through Gate 1 and Gate 4 may experience queues and are reminded to act courteously when interacting with UN Security officers at this challenging time for us all.

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

From Tuesday, 17 November, access to the VIC will be possible only through the following gates:

  • Gate 1: 24/7 for all pedestrians and those arriving on bicycles. There is no access to the VIC for bicycles, which must be parked in front of Gate 1.
  • Gate 4: 24/7 vehicular access only
  • Gate 5: Delivery vehicles only, 07:00-11:00

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during the lockdown, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

Here is an updated list of services at the VIC during this period:

The banks, post office, dry cleaners and newspaper stand will remain open.

The pharmacy will remain open, with reduced hours, from 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

DHL will remain open with its usual hours, from 13:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday.

The VIC Medical Service will also remain open and will provide flu vaccinations as planned.

The VIC Commissary remains open while the boutique and the perfume section will be closed. For that reason, fewer slots per hour will be available.

Online registration is required

From Tuesday, 17 November, the cafeteria will be open from 07:30 to 15:00. Coffee, tea, pastries and sandwiches will be available throughout and up to two warm dishes from 11:30 to 14:30. The coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away.

The kindergarten will remain open but will close at 17:00.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit the interaction to only one person. In particular, personnel should not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

The Emergency Measures Regulation in German.

An overview of the measures in German.

The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.

Once English versions become available links will be provided.

The VIC CMT Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – measures at the VIC from Tuesday 17 November, message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria’s announced lockdown measures take effect at 00:00 on Tuesday 17 November and will be in place until at least 24:00 on Sunday 6 December. The Government has made clear the lockdown is essential to protect the Austrian health system, which is operating at the limits of its capacity, and stem the rise in the number of new infections, hospital admissions and intensive care patients.

As part of the community of our Host Country, we can and must play our part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere. This means complying with all measures announced by the Austrian authorities, notably on strictly limiting social contacts and remote working where this is possible.

Basic hygiene and preventive measures remain as important as ever - handwashing, face masks and maintaining at least a one-meter distance from others. Personnel are reminded not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling unwell.

The following measures are consistent with those announced by the Austrian Authorities.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will further reduce significantly their presence at the VIC.

ACCESS

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

From Tuesday, 17 November, access to the VIC will be possible only through the following gates:

  • Gate 1: 24/7 for all pedestrians and those arriving on bicycles. There is no access to the VIC for bicycles, which must be parked in front of Gate 1.
  • Gate 4: 24/7 vehicular access only
  • Gate 5: Delivery vehicles only, 07:00-11:00

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during the lockdown, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

The banks, post office, dry cleaners and newspaper stand will remain open.

The pharmacy will remain open, with reduced hours, from 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

The VIC Medical Service will also remain open and will provide flu vaccinations as planned.

The VIC Commissary remains open while the boutique and the perfume section will be closed.

Online registration is required

From Tuesday, 17 November, the cafeteria will be open from 07:30 to 15:00. Coffee, tea, pastries and sandwiches will be available throughout and up to two warm dishes from 11:30 to 14:30. The coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away. The demand will be monitored closely each day and can be adjusted as required.

The kindergarten will remain open but will close at 17:00.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit the interaction to only one person. In particular, personnel should not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

The Emergency Measures Regulation in German.

An overview of the measures in German.

Frequently asked questions in German.

The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.

Once English versions become available links will be provided.

The VIC CMT Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that eight people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Three people work for the IAEA at the VIC. One person works for UNIDO at the VIC. One person works for UNIDO outside Austria. Two people work for UNOV/UNODC at the VIC. One person works outside Austria for a VIC-based organization but not for one of the main four organizations. In those cases where there was workplace exposure, close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 154, of whom 131 work at the VIC. Of the total of 154 personnel, 105 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – Host Country lockdown measures
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Today, our Host Country announced a series of lockdown measures to tackle the growth in COVID-19 cases and protect the Austrian health system. The measures are outlined below.

The VIC CMT is reviewing the Government regulation covering the measures and will provide more information on the impact on the VIC.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • At a televised briefing on Saturday medical experts said Austria’s healthcare system was now working at the limits of its capacity and that hospitals would soon need to apply triage if hospitalizations continued rising at the same level for the next days.
  • At a subsequent televised briefing, Chancellor Kurz and other cabinet members said the situation in Austria was dramatic. Daily new infections were at an average of more than 7,000; in some Austrian provinces the growth was exponential. Seven-day incidence was above 550 – it should be around 50 - and 77 per cent of new infections could not be traced.
  • In response, the Government announced new measures to take effect 00:00 Tuesday 17 November and planned to be in place at least until 24:00 Sunday 6 December:
    • All except essential shops and services will close:
      • Shops selling food and other daily necessities such as supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices will remain open.
      • Other retail stores, as well as personal services such as hairdressers, to close.
    • The limitations on leaving the house in place at nighttime will be extended to 24 hours.
    • Reasons for leaving home:
      • Essential shopping, contact with key family members, partners or those in need of assistance, medical appointments, outdoor exercise such as walks or running and official or legal appointments that cannot be postponed.
      • Telecommuting should be the practice wherever it is possible.
      • Professional activities and training allowed, provided they are necessary.
    • Schools at all grades will revert to home schooling, extending what is already in place for high school and university students. Schools and kindergartens will be open for those children whose parents need childcare, but there will be no lessons/regular programme there. Some childcare institutions may decide to close.
  • The measures are planned to be codified in ministerial decrees to be issued by the Ministries of Health and Education. These will be shared once adopted and published.

DISCLAIMER: Summary of selected points of the new measures based on announcements to the media. The VIC CMT cannot vouch for accuracy or completeness. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal text.

  • In addition to the rules, Chancellor Kurz appealed to the public not to meet with others not living in the same household, or in the case of people living alone, to choose just one person to meet with over the coming weeks.
  • "My urgent request is – do not meet anyone. If you live alone meet one other person,” said Kurz.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said, “This is our last chance to avoid the collapse of our health system.”
  • He said the increase in the number of new infections, hospital admissions and intensive care cases in the past two weeks was dramatic, almost explosive growth. He said the measures introduced on 3 November had slightly slowed the rate of increase but nowhere near enough.
  • “We need to pull the emergency brake, and right now,” Anschober said.
  • According to the Chancellor, the religious communities had voluntarily agreed to not hold public religious services.
  • The Chancellor said it was the goal of the Government to open primary and middle schools and retail as the first sectors after 7 December.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures that entered into force on 3 November is available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.Both people work for the IAEA. In one case there was no workplace exposure and in the other case close contacts have been informed. The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 146, of whom 125 work at the VIC. Of the total of 146 personnel, 105 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:00, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:30.

The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 November (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Today the Austrian Government has been assessing the effectiveness of the measures introduced on 3 November.

  • A Government news conference is expected on Saturday afternoon and tougher measures are set to be announced, media reports say.
  • Media reports say the Government is likely to announce that all but essential shops will close for two to three weeks, as in the first lockdown earlier this year. Schools are also likely to be completely closed for lessons for a similar period. The measures are likely to take effect on Monday or Tuesday, the reports say. The aim would be to ease the measures in phases, including to allow for Christmas trade.
  • Austrian intensive care doctors expressed concern today about the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the unabated rise in new infections and admissions to hospital.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures that entered into force on 3 November is available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA and one person for UNIDO. In one case there was no workplace exposure and in two cases close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 144, of whom 123 work at the VIC. Of the total of 144 personnel, 100 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • From today, Wednesday 11 November, shops must shut each evening by 19:00 to allow customers and staff to reach home for the 20:00-06:00 curfew. Excluded from this are petrol stations and shops no larger than 80 square metres at railway stations and airports.
  • The Austrian Government said today that by the end of the week it would evaluate the effectiveness of the measures introduced on 3 November and would then update the public.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that 16 people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2 since Friday 6 November.

Eight people work for the IAEA, five for UNIDO and two for UNOV/UNODC. One person works at the VIC but not for one of the main VBOs. In seven cases there was no workplace exposure, and in the rest close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 141, of whom 120 work at the VIC. Of the total of 141 personnel, 95 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Saturday that measures to contain the coronavirus would be tightened if the daily new infections did not decrease and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care continued to rise. He said it was worrying that the number of intensive care patients rose by 58 percent in one week. The next few days would be decisive, he said.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA, and close contacts have been informed. One person works for UNOV/UNODC; no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 125, of whom 108 work at the VIC. Of the total of 125 personnel, 95 have already recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Friday the death rate in Austria was increasing significantly and that the health system could face overload toward the end of November if the lockdown measures did not work.
  • He said it takes 10 to 15 days to tell whether the measures have been effective, and so it was too early to assess whether the latest lockdown was sufficient to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • He said the Government would review the measures on Friday next week but would intervene earlier if needed.
  • Anschober said there were still few infections in schools.
  • A senior health official told the same briefing only 27 percent of infections could be traced back to the source at the moment. Last week the figure was about 50 percent. The number of positive cases remains at record highs.
  • Vienna’s health chief, Peter Hacker, said on Thursday he recommended those who live in Vienna take a COVID-19 test if they travelled outside the city during the autumn school break, even if it had been a few days elsewhere in Austria. He said people could go to the drive-through/walk-in test centre at Ernst-Happel stadium.
  • Here is an article on the testing centres and what is involved: https://www.thelocal.at/20201106/how-does-viennas-drive-in-coronavirus-testing-work-and-where-can-i-get-tested
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – testing at schools

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and one for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC. There were no close contacts.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 123, of whom 106 work at the VIC. Of the total of 123 personnel, 95 have already recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s Health Ministry reported that between 21 September and 23 October it conducted 5,910 gargling tests with children at Vienna schools where there were suspected cases. The results showed 208 positive cases – 3.52 percent of those tested.
  • The Ministry’s mobile teams were sent to schools 210 times as part of a pilot project, which is now being taken over by the City and will include personnel reaching schools by bicycle as well as with a specially equipped bus.
  • The aim of the in-school tests is to reduce the burden on other testing locations and provide quicker results.
  • The number of positive cases remains at record highs.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from UNDSS
  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – terrorist attack in Vienna – COVID-19

MESSAGE FROM UNDSS

Following earlier security guidance after Monday's attack, the UN Security and Safety Service advises that Vienna International Centre personnel now revert to the COVID-19 working arrangements outlined by their organization.

UNDSS will continue to search and screen all personnel entering the VIC until further notice in line with increased security measures taken by the host government.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported that 12 people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2 in the past five days.

Seven people work for UNOV/UNODC at the VIC. Four people work for the IAEA at the VIC. One person works at the VIC but not for one of the main four VIC-based organizations.

Where there were close contacts, close contacts have been informed. In most cases there was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 120, of whom 103 work at the VIC. Of the total of 120 personnel, 94 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Terrorist attack in Vienna

  • Monday night’s terrorist attack in Vienna claimed five fatalities, including an attacker whom the Interior Minister described as a sympathizer of the IS terrorist group, and left 23 people injured, some of them critically.
  • Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, addressing Austrians and all people who wanted to live together peacefully in Austria, said it had been a dark and terrible night with a cowardly terrorist attack on the heart of our society. He thanked the security and emergency services and the international community that stood behind Austria. It had been an attack on all who valued life in a free society. But hate would not find fertile ground here. Hate could never be as strong as our community in freedom, democracy, tolerance and love, Van der Bellen said.
  • Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the attack had been directed at all of us and was motivated by hatred of basic values, hatred of democracy and hatred of our way of life. “We will defend our core values with all our might,” he said. Under no circumstances should one fall into the trap of the terrorists who wanted to divide society. The enemy was neither a population group nor members of any religious community, said Kurz. Our enemy was extremism and terrorists. It was not a conflict between Christians and Muslims or Austrians and migrants, but a fight between civilization and barbarism, between the many who believed in peace and the few who wanted war, said Kurz.

COVID-19

  • Schools at high school level will switch to distance learning under the new Austrian measures. Grades 1 – 8 and kindergartens are to remain open for the time being. This would be evaluated after 14 days, said the Education Minister in a press conference on Monday.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 108, of whom 91 work at the VIC. Of the total of 108 personnel, 87 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn at all times by all meeting participants, even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups and exercise maximum prudence.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The number of new confirmed cases in Austria reached new record highs over the past days. The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • https://corona-ampel.gv.at/
  • The Austrian Red Cross’s Stopp Corona app, which can help with contact tracing, is in English and German and can be downloaded from here.
  • This is an overview of the app in English https://www.roteskreuz.at/site/meet-the-stopp-corona-app/ .
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported that six people who work for VIC-based organizations or at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA. There was no workplace exposure in one case and in the other contacts have been informed.

Two people work for UNIDO and close contacts have been informed.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC and there was no workplace exposure.

A sixth person, who works at the VIC but not for one of the VBOs, tested positive. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 104, of whom 87 work at the VIC. Of the total of 104 personnel, 86 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Red Cross’s Stopp Corona app, which can help with contact tracing, is in English and German and can be downloaded from here.
  • This is an overview of the app in English:
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site:

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian President and Health Minister encourage people to download and use Stopp Corona app
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2 in the past four days.

Two people work for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individuals concerned were not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for UNIDO outside of Austria and another for CTBTO in Austria, but not at the VIC. One person works for the IAEA. For the instances related to Austria (CTBTO and IAEA), close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 98, of whom 81 work at the VIC. Of the total of 98 personnel, 86 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In his televised National Day address on Monday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen encouraged all those living in the country to download the Stopp Corona app.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said over the weekend the app helped with contact tracing and had already been downloaded 1.1 million times.
  • The Stopp Corona app is in English and German and can be downloaded from here.
  • This is an overview of the app in English:
  • The number of new positive tests in Austria reached record highs over the past days. The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  1. Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations –message from the VIC Medical Service
  2. Latest Austrian developments and measures – New measures to enter into force as of Sunday, 25 October, minimum distance of one metre to be kept in public spaces, gatherings limited to six people indoors and twelve outdoors plus up to six minors, masks to be worn throughout at events.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for one of the smaller UN entities based at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 93, of whom 78 work at the VIC. Of the total of 93 personnel, 85 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The number of new positive tests in Austria reached record highs over the past days. The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Twenty-one additional districts/regions were categorized as “Red” (very high risk) under the traffic light system by the Government’s advisory Corona-Commission. Vienna remains “Orange” (high risk). More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.
  • The new nationwide measures titled Verordnung: Änderung der COVID-19-Maßnahmenverordnung – 3. COVID-19-MV-Novelle are available here (in German). The decree enters into force as of Sunday, 25 October, and Sunday 1 November for particular elements of the text pertaining to organized events (not as of 23 October as previously announced by the Government). Selected key points include:
    • In public spaces, a minimum distance of one metre must be kept to people not living in the same household. This does not apply within groups of up to six people plus up to six underage children.
    • Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, and also at events, both indoor and outdoor, including when seated, except by children under six years of age and by people who cannot wear masks for health reasons. The latter must provide a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.
    • Gatherings without assigned seating are allowed for a maximum of six participants indoors or twelve participants outdoors, plus a maximum of six underage children.
    • Events with assigned seating are allowed for up to 1,000 participants indoors and 1,500 participants outdoors. There are detailed rules pertaining to such events, including on notification of/approval by local authorities above specific thresholds, appointment of a COVID-19 focal point, a prevention concept and other aspects. Masks must be worn throughout.
    • The decree lists a number of types of events and gatherings exempt from the stated rules.
    • DISCLAIMER: Summary of selected points provided by CMT for convenience and information only, CMT cannot vouch for completeness and accuracy. Personnel are advised to consult the original legal text for details.
    • The Ministry of Health also announced that as of 7 November, masks have to be close-fitting, therefore face shields and visors will no longer be accepted in lieu of a mask.
    • In a press conference Friday, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober reminded all to adhere to the basic prevention measures of masks, hand hygiene and physical distancing of a minimum of one metre. He also encouraged people not to travel if possible during the upcoming school autumn holidays, and to exercise caution if travelling as well as on the occasion of Halloween and All Saints’ Day.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

Additionally, a person working for the IAEA outside Austria tested positive. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 92, of whom 77 work at the VIC. Of the total of 92 personnel, 83 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

In line with the latest recommendations from the Austrian authorities, from Friday 23 October for professional events masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government announces new national measures from Friday – limits on indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

In line with the latest recommendations from the Austrian authorities, from Friday 23 October for professional events masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  1. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members held a video conference call with provincial governors on Monday morning to discuss national and regional measures against the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  2. At a televised briefing, Kurz spoke of a second wave with exponential growth in Europe. He urged all those in Austria to help by keeping distance, wearing masks and reducing social contacts. He encouraged people to err on the side of caution when not sure about whether to wear a mask.
  3. He announced new nationwide measures to enter into force Friday 23 October, 00:00 hours:
    • private gatherings (all gatherings outside work duties, except for funerals and religious services) limited to: a maximum of six adults indoors and a maximum of 12 adults outdoors
    • professional events (including cultural events) only with assigned seating, no food and drinks, wearing of masks mandatory throughout: a maximum of 1,000 participants indoors and a maximum of 1,500 participants outdoors
  4. Beyond that every province could take additional measures such as for restaurants, the education sector or rules on wearing masks in crowded public places.
  5. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said Europe was at the epicenter of the pandemic now. Austria was a cause for concern too, with rising infection numbers and a notably high percentage of positive test results, possibly indicating a high number of unreported cases. He also noted there was a rise in the average age of those infected.
  6. Anschober said Austrian hospitals were using about 20 percent of available COVID-19 intensive care beds, indicating enough capacity. But he said the number of people with COVID-19 in intensive care had risen 49 percent in the past week to 145 patients and the number of those in hospital by 42 percent to 654 patients.
  7. Anschober recommended that people download the Stopp Corona app. The app is in English as well as German.
  8. The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  9. More on the traffic light system here (in German) See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Chancellor urges provinces to introduce tougher measures; record COVID-19 cases

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Additionally, a person working for UNIDO tested positive in September, but this was not reported to the Medical Service until now.

There was no workplace exposure in either case. This means the individuals concerned were not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 90, of whom 76 work at the VIC. Of the total of 90 personnel, 69 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s ORF public broadcaster reported Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had written to provincial leaders urging them to introduce tougher measures regionally to deal with the rising number of cases.
  • The official Austrian dashboard with the latest data on COVID-19 has been relaunched with more detail in clear format. It is still available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The number of new cases reported on 14 October was a record 1,345.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German) See VIC COVID-19 Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government considering additional measures, regionally targeted, ORF broadcaster says

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that four people tested positive for SARS CoV-2 over the weekend. Three work for IAEA and one works for UNOV/UNODC. Close contacts have been informed.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 85, of whom 72 work at the VIC. Of the total of 85 personnel, 50 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s ORF public broadcaster quoted the Health Ministry as saying the Government was actively considering additional measures to address the increase in cases, with a focus above all on targeted regional measures. It was not immediately clear when such measures would be announced, nor what they would include.
  • The official Austrian dashboard with the latest data on COVID-19 has been relaunched with more detail in clear format. It is still available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The number of confirmed new cases yesterday was 1,091.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German) See VIC COVID-19 Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says there has been a significant rise in cases in the past few days in Austria, mostly in Vienna

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO/

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person from the IAEA has tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 81, of whom 68 work at the VIC. Of the total of 81 personnel, 50 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing today that after a period of stabilization, significantly more people had tested positive in the last three to five days. Almost all federal states are affected, but mostly Vienna, he said.
  • The official Austrian dashboard with the latest data on COVID-19 has been relaunched with more detail in clear format. It is still available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The number of confirmed new cases yesterday was 1,091.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German) See VIC COVID-19 Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austria records highest daily total of people testing positive since COVID-19 cases were first registered in the country

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people have tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person is from UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The second person is from the IAEA. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 80, of whom 67 work at the VIC. Of the total of 80 personnel, 50 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors.This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. .The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks. In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard with the latest data on COVID-19 has been relaunched with more detail in clear format. It is still available in English as well as German. Officials say it will be updated daily at 1400.

The total number of people who tested positive yesterday was 1,214. This was the highest daily total since the first cases were recorded in late February at the start of the pandemic.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austria relaunches its COVID-19 dashboard, available in English and German

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people – two from UNOV/UNODC, two from IAEA and one from UNIDO - have tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 78, of whom 65 work at the VIC and 50 have already recovered.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors.This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks. In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard with the latest data on COVID-19 has been relaunched with more detail in clear format. It is still available in English as well as German. Officials say it will be updated daily at 1400.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – City of Vienna and Chamber of Commerce providing free app to restaurants, bars and cafes to help customers register for contact tracing

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person from UNOV/UNODC has tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the main VIC-based organizations is 73, of whom 60 work at the VIC and 50 have already recovered.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors.This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks. In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The City of Vienna and Vienna’s Chamber of Commerce are making a free app available to restaurants, bars and cafes so that customers can register for contact tracing. Paper forms and existing QR code apps can still be used by those establishments.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – People who have tested positive have used Austrian Red Cross’s Stopp Corona app as way to alert contacts; app downloaded more than one million times and available in English

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that four people - two from the IAEA, one from UNIDO and one from UNOV/UNODC - have tested positive for SARS CoV-2. All close contacts have been informed.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors.This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks. In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Federal Commander in Charge of Austria’s Red Cross told Radio Wien today that some 200 people had used the Stopp Corona app to alert potential contacts that they had tested positive. Additionally, more than 1,200 people who suspected they were positive and were awaiting a test result used the app to tell contacts, said Gerry Foitik, who is also a member of the Managing Board.

Foitik said the app, which is run by the Austrian Red Cross, had been downloaded more than one million times. It is available here for Android and iOS: https://www.roteskreuz.at/index.php?id=67933

The website is in German but the app itself can be set to English.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says daily cases stabilized between 600 and 800, but goal is to halve that within one or two months

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people – two from UNIDO and one from the IAEA - have tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individuals concerned were not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors. This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks. In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

At a televised briefing, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said numbers in Austria were stabilizing between 600 and 800 new cases a day. He said his goal was to halve the cases within one or two months. He urged people to take individual responsibility by following the rules on masks and distancing.

With immediate effect, masks must be worn on entering any premises of Wiener Linien, which runs Vienna’s public transport, not just on the platforms and in public transport.

The City of Vienna announced it would introduce more gargling tests, which are quicker to administer and provide swifter results.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service, QR code for cafeteria and coffee corners
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says numbers stabilized but still too high, colder weather and university reopening are risk factors

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNIDO has tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 58.

The cumulative total number of those working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total who have tested positive, 51 people have already recovered.

  1. The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  2. To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  3. Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

QR code available for VIC cafeteria and coffee corners:

EUREST, which operates the cafeteria and coffee corners in the VIC, introduced a QR code today for customers who plan to sit and drink or eat in the cafeteria or at the coffee corners, to register online to comply with the Host City’s regulations. Those who are buying takeaway food or drinks and do not plan to sit do not need to fill out the form.

The simple English-language online form is already available in the cafeteria and at the coffee corners through the QR code or the link, both below. From Thursday, 1 October, QR codes will also be available next to the table numbers.

For those who do not speak German, please note that the English-language online form contains a couple of German headings:

  1. Allgemeine Angaben means general information
  2. Einverständnis means agreement, in this case accepting EUREST’s data protection and legal information.

The online registration replaces the paper forms that were initially used as a stopgap measure. However, the paper forms will still be available in German for those who do not have a smartphone in the cafeteria or at the coffee corners.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • At a televised briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said numbers in Austria were clearly too high, although they had stabilized since 20 September. He expected a gradual reduction during the first half of October, but said he considered the colder weather and the re-opening of universities to be additional risk factors.
  • Health authorities in Vienna reported there were more people in hospital in the city with COVID-19 than during the lockdown in March, but there was capacity to spare.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German). See VIC CMT Update from 20 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNIDO, but not at the headquarters in Vienna, has tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

The cumulative total number of personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna who have tested positive is six.

The cumulative total number of VIC personnel is 57.

Of the total who have tested positive, 51 people have already recovered.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ--Mechanische-Schutzvorrichtung-(MNS).html

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office.

Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German). See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service, advice from Medical Service on face masks
  • Latest Austrian development and measures – restaurants, bars and cafes in Vienna collecting contact details of guests from Monday; contact forms required at VIC cafeteria and coffee corners, except takeaways

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today two people working for the IAEA at the VIC have contracted COVID-19.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individuals concerned were not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 5

The cumulative figure among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five. [This corrects from six in previous updates.]

Of the total who have tested positive, 51 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result.
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended.
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person.

NOTE ON VIC CAFETERIA AND COFFEE CORNERS

  • From tomorrow, Tuesday 29 September, and pending further guidance from the Host City on their new regulation, EUREST will require customers to fill out their details on this form if they plan to sit and drink or eat in the cafeteria or at the coffee corners.
  • Those who are buying takeaway food or drinks and do not plan to sit do not need to fill out the form.
  • The form is in German. EUREST needs the following details on the form, which can be printed out and mostly filled out in advance:
  1. Vorname (Given name – complete before arriving)
  2. Name (Family name – complete before arriving)
  3. Telefonnummer (telephone number – complete before arriving)
  4. E-Mail-Adresse (email address – complete before arriving)
  5. Tischnummer (table number – to be completed after eating or drinking)
  6. Datum & Uhrzeit (date and time – to be completed after eating or drinking)
  • EUREST will have collection boxes for the forms and spare forms for those who forget to bring them. It is advisable to have your own pen with you. Initially there will be EUREST staff on hand to assist.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service recommends wearing fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

This is also in line with the updated recommendation from the Austrian Health Authorities, which states that although every protection device is legally allowed, it is recommended to wear a nose-mouth covering/masks rather than a face shield or chin protection this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Police carried out 7,733 spot checks on restaurants, bars and event venues over the weekend and filed 160 complaints, the Austrian Interior Ministry said in a press release today. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said most of the complaints related to the compulsory 22:00 closing time and failure to observe distancing rules.

At a televised briefing following a meeting of the Government with representatives of the Austrian provinces Friday evening, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said there were three clear nationwide measures: private gatherings limited to 10 people, seated consumption only at restaurants and bars and masks compulsory in many areas.

Beyond the nationwide measures, it was possible for provinces to adopt their own additional measures, which the Chancellor said were urgently needed given the very different picture among the provinces. Kurz said Carinthia had the lowest seven-day incidence numbers at 14. Vienna had 114. A figure over 50 was internationally considered a high-risk area.

Kurz emphasized that it was important not to be classified as a high-risk area internationally as travel warnings damaged the economy.

From today, Vienna requires restaurants, cafes and bars to log contact details of customers.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian development and measures – Health Minister sees infections stabilized at a too high level, restaurants in Vienna to collect contact details of guests from Monday

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today one person working for the IAEA at the VIC has contracted COVID-19. Close contacts have been informed. The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 55.The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six. Of the total who have tested positive, 46 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

At a televised briefing this morning Health Minister Rudolf Anschober spoke of stabilization of infections at a too high level. There were too high numbers for this point in time, but no longer the increases seen until 17-18 September. He said he expected the various measures implemented over the past weeks to take an effect on infection numbers with two or three weeks’ delay, around the beginning of October.

The Health Minister made an urgent appeal to use the “Stop-Corona-App” of the Austrian Red Cross.

The City of Vienna announced Thursday it would issue a decree requiring restaurants to distribute forms to guests to collect their contact details. This is planned to enter into force Monday 28 September. Restaurants would be required to distribute the forms and were encouraged to refuse service to guests who did not want to provide their contact details.

The Corona Commission categorized ten additional districts in Austria as Orange (high risk) on Thursday. Twelve districts were re-categorized from Green to Yellow. Six districts in Upper Austria were re-categorized from Yellow to Green. Vienna remains Orange.

Travellers to Germany from Austrian provinces classified as high-risk areas by Germany will need to pre-register on-line from 15 October, media reported Thursday. This currently refers to Vienna as well as Vorarlberg.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
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  • Latest Austrian development and measures – Austrian Government outlines plans for this winter’s ski season and markets

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today two people working for VBOs at the VIC have contracted COVID-19.

One person works for UNIDO and the other for CTBTO.

There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 54.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total who have tested positive, 44 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing today that this winter’s ski season could go ahead, but with special measures in place and no traditional après-ski because of the high infection risks.

He noted tourism accounted for 15 per cent of Austrian GDP and hundreds of thousands of jobs and urged all those in Austria to contribute to reducing infection rates so that other countries’ travel warnings could be lifted.

In ski resorts, food and drink must be consumed seated, outdoors as well as indoors, ministers said. Among the measures, masks will be compulsory in ski lifts and ski schools are recommended to limit class sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Those working in the winter tourism sector will be offered regular testing.

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said measures were being coordinated with other countries in the region.

Christmas markets will be permitted if a prevention and hygiene plan is in place, Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service, message on VIC restaurant
  • Latest Austrian development and measures – gargling tests to be introduced in schools, Education Minister says, Opera Ball 2021 cancelled, soldiers to resume guarding diplomatic missions

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today three people working for VBOs at the VIC have contracted COVID-19. There was no workplace exposure.

Of these three people, two are from UNIDO and one is from the IAEA.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 52.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total who have tested positive, 41 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

MESSAGE ON VIC RESTAURANT

From tomorrow, Thursday 24 September, the VIC restaurant will be closed until further notice.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Education Minister Heinz Faßmann said at a televised briefing on Tuesday mobile health teams were being deployed to test faster in schools. The teams are testing with the ‘gargle method’ that delivers results within 24 hours. From next week, 600.000 test kits will be ready to use.
  • The Austrian Government announced today that the 2021 Opera Ball had been cancelled. The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor said in a statement it would have been irresponsible to go ahead, given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Austria.
  • The Opera Ball is economically as well as culturally significant. Some other balls have already been cancelled by organizers.
  • From this evening, soldiers will resume guarding diplomatic missions to free up police for COVID-19 and other duties.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today five people working for VBOs at the VIC have contracted COVID-19. Close contacts have been informed.

Of these five people, two are from CTBTO and one each from UNOV/UNODC, IAEA and UNIDO.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 49.

In addition, one participant attending meetings at the VIC has also been reported as positive. Following the established protocols, Medical Services contacted all close contacts and were informed in line with the requirements of local authorities.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total number who have tested positive, 41 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings that took effect today, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government, business and labour agree to work to place all telecommuting matters on a firm legal footing, with first results from working groups expected in March 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that a person working for the IAEA at the VIC has contracted COVID-19. Close contacts have been informed.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 44.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total number who have tested positive, 36 have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Labour Minister Christine Aschbacher met with business and labour representatives this morning to discuss in what way labour laws could be modernized to provide a solid legal framework for all matters related to telecommuting. The negotiators agreed to form working groups to apply the lessons learned to a legal framework. First results are expected in March 2021.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other la