On Saturday Austria announced another lockdown, that will see ski resorts forced to close for at least four weeks.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Saturday that the restrictions will begin Tuesday until the end of this month. Restaurants and bars will close (with the exception of takeaways), and cultural and sports & leisure activities will be canceled. A curfew will be in place, insisting residents asked to stay home between 8 pm and 6 am.
Dear Stubai Glacier fans and friends!
We are very sorry that due to COVID-19 guidelines, we have to close our ski resort from Tuesday, November 3. until the end of November 2020
Thank you for your understanding and hope to see you again soon at Stubai Glacier.
There are currently eight ski resorts open in the Austrian Alps. Today, November 2nd will be the last day of recreational skiing at Stubai, Sölden, Hintertux, Pitztal, Kaunertal, Moeltall, Kaprun, and Dachstein until December at least. Some of these will remain open for the training of national teams and ski clubs.
Last week France and Germany both announced similar measures, closing their resorts until December too and the Italian government forced their ski resorts to close after alleged crowded scenes on opening day at Cervinia.
Austrian authorities have been widely criticized for their slow reaction to the coronavirus outbreak at Ischgl back in February. The ski resort became the epicenter of the disease in Europe and is the focus of a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of claimants all across the world.
“Momentous miscalculations” were made by local authorities in Tyrol, Austria when the first positive tests were made in the resort of Ischgl, who reacted too slowly, said Ronald Rohrer, chairman of the expert commission set up to examine the outbreak response.
Austria has had 114,016 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,159 deaths.
Meanwhile, in nearby Switzerland, resorts began opening this weekend, with no lockdown in sight.