No Christmas ski-ing in Austria

No christmas ski austria

No Christmas ski-ing in Austria

There will be no skiing holidays in Austria, not this year.

The Christmas holidays will not be able to be spent on the slopes, neither by Austrians nor by foreign guests. The cable cars will start operating, but the gastronomy and hotel industry will remain closed, and the corona-related lock should extend into January.

The government will announce these and other measures on Wednesday 2/12/20 .

Entry restrictions According to  “Kurier” newspaper, is the government is planning travel restrictions. An ordinance on the obligation to quarantine is to be drawn up.

All those travellers who come to Austria from countries with a 7-day incidence of more than 100 infections (per 100,000 inhabitants) have to be in quarantine for ten days. All neighboring Austrian states would be affected.

After five days you should be able to test yourself free. Accordingly, the time spent in quarantine and waiting for the test result should not be considered an excuse.

The long duration of the measure is justified with the Orthodox Christmas ending January 7th.

Schools and trade Schools and commercial trade are to be reopened from December 7th, but with restrictions.

In schools, a distinction should be made between elementary school, lower and upper grades, the mask requirement will be tightened, not all should always be present at school at the same time.

In retail, the mask requirement will continue, in addition, there should be strict measures in terms of space and distance. Hotels and gastro too

The tourism industry has apparently already resigned itself to the fact that the Christmas holidays are not celebrated in the winter ski resorts: hotels and restaurants are temporarily closed.

With this regulation, one does not give in to pressure from abroad, this measure is rather a matter of course in view of the current number of infections. Recently Italy and especially Germany had put pressure on, to stop winter tourism in Austria.

Skiing will be allowed, but not in the form of vacation. There will be no rooms and no hospitality. However, the cable cars are to be opened, they are considered public transport and are mandatory. Under the given circumstances, your offer is only aimed at “locals”. Where the cable cars will not make a difference as to who you are transporting can be learned from the industry. Day guests – no matter where from – are welcome. In view of the current travel warnings for Austria, you can hardly count on masses of guests.

The operating obligation of  cable cars goes back to the railway law, explains the lawyer Christoph Haidlen from Innsbruck: “Every license for cable car companies also includes an operating obligation because there is a public interest in the operation.” Only the responsible ministry of transport could release cable operators from their duty to operate if the respective company so requests and justifies.

The decisive factor is the “need for transport” that is satisfied with the cable car. Those who fail to comply with their operating obligations could even risk losing their license. “But this question has actually never been asked before,” says Haidlen.

Source: Der Standard


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