The pandemic situation is very volatile. We cannot give a comprehensive account on all the rules as they may also depend on time and on the country you are living in or coming from. The following information is to be considered as a guideline.
First, as a rule of thumb: if you are fully vaccinated (including booster shot) and not coming from a virus variant area, you can expect (as of today, Jan 5, 2022) to be allowed to come to Tux and to attend the workshop. Please also expect that there are certain additional requirements on the spot like mask mandates.
Now, more in detail. In general, the rules affect us mainly in four different areas: entry to Austria, restrictions within Austria, the workshop itself, the situation in Tux outside Tux center.
Entry to Austria: At present, the main rules are given by the "Einreiseverordnung" (in German). As of Feb 7, 2022, you may qualify for an entry without quarantine if you are fully vaccinated (usually 2 jabs) or past SARS-CoV-2 infection and if you meet at least two out of the following three conditions
- Having received a booster shot
- Being tested negative
- Not been to a virus variant area within 10 days prior to arrival
Note that there are certain time limits for how long the last shot, infection, or test may have been ago.
As of Feb 7, 2022, the list of virus variant areas is empty. Note that citizenship is not relevant in this regard, but physical presence.
Austria in general: Since very recently, if you stay in a hotel, you have to be fully vaccinated or recovered. The same applies to restaurants. There are FFP2 mask mandates, in particular, for public transportation.
Workshop itself: In general, organizers are responsible for the compliance with any on-site rules. At present, they comprise that you have to be fully vaccinated or recovered to enter Tux center. Organizers (here: Jerzy Lewandowski) are responsible to check the status of the participants. Note that Tux Center is a registered testing site, so they can test the people that need tests. There is also a requirement that anybody has to sit at the same spot in the seminar room every time. Further policies may involve mask mandates or runny-nose exclusions (people having respiratory symptoms might not be allowed to enter the venue).
Tux in general: At present, we have no idea what will be the regulations concerning restaurants etc. in February. Therefore, we decided not to officially organize a start-up or conference dinner. Of course, feel free to gather for dinner as far as it is allowed, if you like to and if you think it is responsible.
Please note that all the information we have provided here, is informal and not legally binding. Also we will not be able to communicate any future changes in the rules. However, if we do become aware of some relevant changes, we will let you know.
(All information as of February 7, 2022.)