Medical face mask and corona proof needed in the Austrian ski lift

Austria is introducing additional corona measures for the upcoming ski season. For example, winter sports enthusiasts can only enter the ski lift with a corona pass and the aprรจs-ski opens under conditions. A medical FFP2 face mask must be worn in the lifts.

โ€œStrict rules, safe winterโ€, the Austrian cabinet announced the additional rules. For Austria, the so-called 3G rule applies, which stands for vaccinated, cured or tested. A negative test result of an antigen, PCR and rapid test is still valid. On the other hand, the distance rules and capacity constraints will be expired in ski lifts.

But Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Kรถstinger was clear: โ€œAnyone who wants to have a safe and carefree winter holiday should be vaccinatedโ€. If the number of infections increases, the authorities can tighten the measures even further.

Switzerland

So, in Austria, the ski areas open, but for other countries this is not quite certain. Switzerland, as one of the few countries in Europe, kept the slopes open last year. Skiing can probably be there this year, but no extra rules have been announced yet.

Last week senior Ministry of Health officials did hinted at the introduction of a coronavirus pass for winter sports enthusiasts, Swiss media write. For the hospitality industry in the country, a corona pass is already mandatory and face masks must be worn inside.

Because winter sports are recreational, it is legitimized to apply the pass for this as well, the authorities argue.

France

For France, the introduction of the winter sports pass is also likely to be introduced, French media reports. In many places around the country, the so-called health pass is already mandatory, for example in the hospitality industry and places where more than fifty people are together.

โ€œI dont see why the ski areas cant open,โ€ the French Deputy Minister for Tourism said earlier. โ€œWeve reopened the nightclubs and I dont see why that wouldnt be possible for the ski lifts.โ€ The Minister consulted today with the trade organisation of ski lift operators.

Nothing is known about the areas of Italy yet.

Ischgl Infection Lawsuit

Austria received a lot of criticism for how it dealt with a corona outbreak early in the pandemic. Last week, an initial lawsuit revolving around an outbreak in Ischgl began last year. Thousands of people from dozens of countries say they got infected there last year.

Among them was a 72-year-old Austrian, who later died from the consequences of the virus. His widow and son demand compensation from the state for negligence.

A report published last October by independent experts, commissioned by the Tyrolean State Parliament, surveyed 53 people involved, showed that the local, regional and national authorities were mistaken. There are multiple cases. Hundreds of Dutch people have joined a mass claim against the authorities in Tyrol.