Switzerland: The country is in danger of closing its ski resorts due to a virus mutation

In January, the Swiss government tightened coronavirus measures, leaving only the necessary shops open – and ski slopes, the server reports France3. Since the mighty second wave in November and the small rise before Christmas, epidemic numbers have been declining, and in ski areas they are no worse than elsewhere.

“There is no good reason why we should deprive people of sport and freedom in the vast space that the mountains offer.” argues Nicolas Rubin, mayor of Châtel. “The opening of the lifts did not cause an explosion in the number of infected cases,” adds Philippe Nantermod MEP for the Public Sénat server.

They are opposed by Raphael Zimmerli, according to whom skiers and snowboarders apparently do not follow the spacing in the fronts. The images of athletes cramming incomprehensibly under the lifts and cable cars contradict the claim of the lift operators that they are supervising the situation and that their clients are disciplined.

Skiers from abroad

Even thanks to the favorable weather, we went skiing a lot last weekend. And not just from Switzerland. The Swiss do not prohibit the arrival of citizens of countries or neighboring regions if they are better off with coronavirus. “Last Saturday, every fourth car in the Morgins car park had a French license plate.” reported by a Washington Post reporter.

Flumserberg, one of the closest resorts to Zurich, reached its capacity last weekend, and in the end the authorities did not even let people off the trains.

“Wouldn’t it make more sense to open resorts in France so that people can spread out than squeeze in here?” Marie, who came from Paris with friends, spoke for the Washington Post. She did not admit her surname, she intends to violate government regulations, she does not intend to observe quarantine when she returns home.

“Closing the slopes may eventually be necessary,” admitted last week the Minister of Health Viola Amherdová. Also due to the impending “English mutant”, a more contagious variant of coronavirus. One of its foci is in the ski Wengen, where a mutant was dragged by a British tourist in December. The number of cases there reached hundreds.

British mutation

A more contagious variant also appeared in Sv. Moritz. This week there were mass tests, of which 3,200 were positive, including 31 with a mutated version – mostly not among tourists, but employees who passed on the disease in so-called free time. “It proves that the hotel measures work and that staff testing is effective,” assured the authorities. However, two posh hotels ended up in quarantine.

An irresponsible skier who did not enter quarantine took the mutated disease from Belgium; five thousand people ended up in it because of it, writes the Swiss server The Local.

Neither Switzerland, nor at least some of the cantons, are far from closing the slopes. “We do everything we can to offer customers a safe service, but Damocles’ sword hangs over us,” admits Sébastien Epiney from the tourist office of the Dents du Midi region.

They have a similar experience in the US state of Colorado in the Rockies: alone skiing is fine when people wear drapes, keep spacing and don’t sit on cable cars with strangers. But he must not go to the pub in the evening.

However, neither Colorado nor Switzerland is possible for Czech tourists, which the Czechia considers to be a high-risk country in terms of covid-19 and requires a ten-day quarantine, which is not canceled even by a negative test. However, Czechs are allowed to go skiing in Bulgaria without tests.


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