European skiers are facing a bleak holiday season as countries shut resorts and impose other restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Some states have called for a continent-wide shutdown. Others have resisted and decided to allow people some time on the slopes. Below is an overview of the situation in some of the main skiing centres:
Ski lifts will close on Dec. 27 until at least Jan. 10. read more
Austria will let ski lifts open despite a third lockdown being introduced after Christmas. Skiers will have to wear FFP2 particle filtering masks inside lifts. read more
Hotels and restaurants are to remain closed to deter visits by skiers from neighbouring countries.
Individual cantons remain responsible for their own ski resorts and open for domestic tourism, the government said on Dec. 18 as it ordered all restaurants and recreation centres closed for a month. read more
Ski lifts, trains, gondolas and other enclosed transport are being limited to two-thirds capacity.
The canton of Grisons has introduced a mass-testing programme to identify asymptomatic carriers. [nL8N2IQ3K V]
Poland will close hotels and ski slopes during a national quarantine from at least Dec. 28 to Jan. 17.
Serbia is allowing ski resorts to open, although precautions are being applied. Hotels are allowing only residents to use their restaurants and cafes, and limiting the number of people allowed in spas. read more
The government plans to extend its coronavirus restrictions until Jan. 31 with a few exceptions. Under the plan, hotel restaurants will be allowed to reopen as of Jan. 4. This is being seen as an attempt to help ski resorts, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. read more
France will let ski resorts reopen on Jan. 7, if the coronavirus situation allows.
French authorities said they would make random border checks to discourage people from travelling to slopes in neighbouring Switzerland and Spain.
Some ski resorts have reopened, with skiers hitting the pistes of Catalonia, bordering France, after it eased restrictions that had prevented people leaving their home municipality. read more
A nationwide lockdown is in place - including in ski resorts - until at least Jan. 10. read more
All slopes and skiing facilities are closed.
All ski resorts are closed under a tough package of restrictions that includes bans on midnight mass and travel between regions over the Christmas period.
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