After up to 30 people were said to have gathered at a baby shower in Steinhaus near Wels this week, the District Authority (BH) Wels-Land initiated surveys. The district chief Elisabeth Schwetz confirmed Saturday evening to ORF radio Upper Austria. As the APA reported, FPÖ Governor Deputy Manfred Haimbuchner is said to have been among the guests.
It is now being checked whether the party has violated the applicable corona rules. According to district chief Schwetz, the BH found out about the meeting in the garage through the contact person management based on the infected Haimbuchner, reported ORF Radio Upper Austria. In the event of violations, participants face a fine of up to 1,450 euros.
Haimbuchner’s press spokesman only confirmed on Friday that the deputy governor had congratulated the new father. Haimbuchner was present outdoors for 20 minutes. Two days later, his corona test was positive.
SPÖ state manager Georg Brockmeyer hopes that Haimbuchner and his family are doing well, but criticized in a broadcast on Sunday the participation in a garage party in the middle of the pandemic: “This is typical of the FPÖ: rules only apply to others.” Brockmeyer also demands “clearer words” from Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP). It is not only a moral but also a legal question.