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Austria to welcome skiers, however dancing on bars is off the menu

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VIENNA – Skiers in Austria this winter should sit at tables in bars somewhat than dance on them, the federal government stated on Thursday, outlining plans to rein within the nation’s apres-ski events which have fuelled the unfold of the coronavirus.

Winter sports activities are severe enterprise in Austria, a superpower of aggressive snowboarding the place tourism accounts straight and not directly for round 15 % of financial output.

However its resorts are additionally identified for much less athletic enjoyable. As soon as lifts shut, skiers pile into typically rowdy bars that grew to become a breeding floor for the virus final season, fuelling a number of outbreaks, together with one on the resort of Ischgl.

“There will probably be no apres-ski as we all know it from earlier occasions,” Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger informed a information convention, including the seating requirement would additionally apply to out of doors areas.

Skiers party at the famous Streifalm bar in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Skiers get together on the well-known Streifalm bar in Kitzbuehel, Austria.Getty Photographs

“Standing, dancing, singing whereas densely packed in small bars or under-umbrella bars is a possible supply of an infection and we’re distancing ourselves from it,” she stated.

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In closed ski lifts, face masks will probably be required and passengers should keep 1 meter (3.2 ft) aside, Koestinger stated, likening it to public transport.

The requirement to sit down at tables is according to new guidelines for bars and eating places in Austria, which is making an attempt to deliver a second wave of infections underneath management. Day by day instances listed below are as excessive as they have been in late March when the primary

spike was lowering underneath a nationwide lockdown.

The conservative-led authorities desires to keep away from such drastic measures for the sake of the financial system, however its high supply of overseas friends, Germany, has already issued a journey warning for certainly one of its snowboarding areas, the province of Vorarlberg.

“Snowboarding pleasure sure, however with out apres-ski,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated.

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