Updates: 19.01.2021 17:11
Prague – Ski resorts and representatives of tourism and sports are asking the government to open the resorts, ideally from this Saturday and regardless of the date of the change of the current fifth level of readiness of the PES system to the fourth. Ski resort operators are ready to implement a safe regime. According to them, every other day of closure is fatal for them and the start of operation, for example, only from mid-February, would not help their situation. This stems from a call sent today by winter resort operators and representatives of professional organizations to government officials. The text is available to ČTK.
According to the operators of the ski resorts, thousands of people with small children are moving in the mountains these days. In the current situation, however, they cannot be provided with basic services or service to ensure safety and smooth operation. “The situation in the mountains is unsustainable, there are not enough reasons to further extend the closure of cable cars and lifts,” the operators said in a call.
According to them, the operation of ski resorts is low risk from an epidemiological point of view, moreover, during operation, it is possible to manage queues or set more stringent measures, such as, following the example of Austria, the obligation to wear FFP2 respirators. According to the operators of the resorts, people spend time in the mountains even now, but without any safety regime. After the start of operation, this can be positively influenced, the possibility of regulating visitors will increase, hygiene and compliance with other rules will improve, the operators state. According to them, despite the opening of the slopes, many people with children are going to spend the upcoming spring break in the mountains, so it is necessary to ensure their safety.
Ski resorts operate in many European countries, including Switzerland and Austria, where, according to professional organizations, there are no cases of infection that would result from skiing. The operation of ski resorts does not even increase the burden on hospitals, most injuries are treated in mountain Medical Centers.
According to the operators, state compensation will help to rehabilitate only a part of the costs, and a combination with its own limited traffic and revenues is necessary to maintain the ski resorts. “Without this revenue, there will be a situation where, despite the state’s costs of compensation, many operators in this sector will not be rescued,” they wrote in the call.
So far, the ski resorts could only operate in the new winter season between 18 and 26 December. According to the Association of Mountain Resorts, the loss due to closure amounts to one to 1.2 billion crowns by January 10. According to the Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for YES), there are 450 ski resorts in the Czech Republic, which bring about 13 billion crowns a year to the state budget. They employ 45,000 mostly locals.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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