Updated December 26, 2020, 2:58 p.m.
Vienna (dpa / lby) – Despite the new lockdown in Austria, many ski lifts continue to run in the neighboring country.
“The guests are very disciplined,” said the spokeswoman for the Hochkar and Ötscher ski areas in Lower Austria, Karin Munk, on Saturday. “At the moment everything is going according to plan.” According to the APA, bright weather ensured good visitors to the ski areas in many places – at least those that were open. The Covid-19 rules with masks and distances were largely followed. German guests are not expected – those entering the country have to be in quarantine for up to ten days.
The cable cars had to reduce the maximum number of guests by more than half, and tickets must be purchased online in advance. Only those who have a valid ticket have access to the ski areas and parking spaces. Skiers over 14 years of age must wear FFP2 masks when they are in gondolas or when queuing.
Because of the bad weather, the maximum number of visitors allowed in the Hochkar and Ötscher ski areas was clearly undercut at Christmas, said Munk. At Hochkar there were around 500 people instead of a maximum of 1500. In order to enable more guests to ski, only half-day tickets are sold.
At Semmering (Neunkirchen district) in Lower Austria, however, the rush had caused concern. According to the APA, 250 barriers were set up there on Saturday. This should ensure that only a limited number of people come to the area. Despite announcements and corresponding signs, the distance rules were not always observed. In addition, it was parked wildly.
Many ski areas in Austria started at Christmas, but without Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Ischgl. In Ischgl, at the beginning of the Corona hotspot pandemic, the ski area remains closed due to its cross-border nature. According to the rules, anyone who drives over to Switzerland must be quarantined after returning to the slopes in Austria, it said.