The tourist resort on Lake Wolfgang looks as if it has died out on Monday afternoon. “You have never seen St. Wolfgang like this,” says a saleswoman at a souvenir stand in town. Only occasionally do people go through the lake community in pairs or in small groups. Despite the perfect summer weather, there is unusually enough space for lunch at the lakeside terrace and in the garden of the Weißen Rössl.
The cluster at Lake Wolfgang counted 62 infected people on Monday afternoon. Employees from 18 businesses were affected. All guests who have been in St. Wolfgang in the past week will be informed of the infections, according to Christine Haberlander (ÖVP), the Upper Austrian Health Minister. Visitors who left at the weekend had to fill out a form and indicate where they were going.
The data had previously been collected voluntarily by the hotels. In any case, the health officer does not expect a return to the normal number of guests in midsummer: “Tourism as we knew it will no longer be possible in St. Wolfgang,” she told the press on Monday afternoon.
Due to the small increase in the number of cases over the weekend, tourism chairman Hans Wieser was optimistic that the cluster had been narrowed down. At the drive-in test station of the Red Cross at the entrance to the town, guests, locals and tourism staff queued up to be tested at the weekend.
628 tests were carried out on Saturday and 419 on Sunday. The station was dismantled on Monday. There are still enquiries, but the campaign is now over, says Wieser.
Anyone who wanted a test now had to call the health hotline The 16 businesses affected, in which employees were initially tested positive, were in any case thoroughly tested, Wieser assures. According to Haberlander, 1,183 tests have been carried out in St. Wolfgang so far.
Later on Monday evening, 98 percent of the tests were evaluated. The results were pending in only in 38 of tests carried out. Two of the 16 affected companies in St. Wolfgang were added, said the crisis team in Upper Austria. In addition, a total of two companies in Gilgen and one in Strobl, per province of Salzburg, are affected.
Anti-corona measures have not changed much in the community since the cluster broke out. Only the curfew of the bars was brought forward to 11 p.m. As in all of Upper Austria, the obligation to wear a mask has been in effect here again since July 9th. On Monday, the neighboring communities on the Salzburg side of the lake also followed suit.
In Strobl and St. Gilgen, all tourism employees who come into contact with guests must wear mouth-nose protection from midnight. The ordinance was issued by the Salzburg-surrounding district authority and is valid until the end of August, said a spokesman for Salzburg’s governor