Winter tourism under the fear of the coronavirus and with strict protocols in Austria

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Following the total losses of the 2020/21 winter season for Austrian tourism related to the coronavirus, the tourism industry in Austria is facing a period of strict rules this year in dealing with Covid-19.

«There will definitely be winter holidays in Austria this year – there will be very strict rules“, Announced today the competent Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Castinger in a press conference in Vienna, with the rule of vaccination certificate / disease / negative test applies to hotels, restaurants, cable cars but also to the Christmas markets that will be open this year.

“The basis for the winter rules is the three-step plan recently announced by the government and entered into force on 15 September, which stipulates that, depending on the fullness of the Intensive Care Units in hospitals, stricter Covid-19 measures will be taken,” he said. .

According to her, “this will be our guideline on how we can create safe framework conditions in the coming months, the aim is also not to issue an (international) travel warning to Austria. For those who have been vaccinated and for those who have recovered, there will be no more restrictions».

According to today’s announcements, in the closed gondolas of the ski lifts in the ski resorts, in addition to the vaccination certificate / intellect / negative test that will be checked when buying tickets, the use of FFP2 mask will be mandatory, with these regulations being stricter than in other public transport, where the use of a mask is sufficient.

Unlike last year, this year there are no capacity restrictions on the cable cars, also, there are no more distance rules and no queues should be expected in front of the gondolas and cable cars this year. Many companies have reportedly increased their online ticket sales since last year.

According to the Minister of Tourism, after the end of the operation of the cable cars, “après-ski will definitely be possible” this year, although with restrictions, and the same rules will apply there as for night gastronomy, “but there may be additional restrictions “, while the opening hours of après-ski” will be regulated autonomously in the municipalities and regions “.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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