Melbourne, Australia Lockdown: Vail Resorts Suspend Hotham And Falls Creek Operations

Rouchelle Gilmore | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions and NSW border closures cause suspended operations. Photo: Falls Creek Facebook.

Vail Resorts have decided to suspend operations at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne. The closure in effect from Thursday 9, July is expected to last till at least 19 August, as a result of the stay at home directions for Melbournes metropolitan area. NSW border closure to Victoria has also contributed to the Vail’s decision.

Melbourne has gone into a second lockdown as a result of the second wave in COVID-19 numbers. The restrictions are stage 3 which means people are only allowed out for limited reasons and this does not include driving to regional mountain areas. All non-essential travel banned for Melbournians.

We recognize that this is incredibly disappointing news. We assure you that we did not make this decision lightly as we know our employees, guests and the communities where we operate have already endured so much hardship this year. However, we are focused first and foremost on health and safety, following local health guidelines, and doing our part to support efforts across Victoria to address the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

– Mt Hotham Skiing Company

While Mount Buller, another Victorian ski resort is still operating until at least July 12. Although an announcement is expected to be made Friday 10, July. This all comes as a huge blow to the industry and the surrounding areas. The Victorian operations for Vail had only just begun Monday 6, July, due to lack of snow.

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