Sun, snow and hardly any guests: a former hotspot in Ischgl begins the ski season
In March 2020, the Tyrolean town of Ischgl with its après-ski scene became a hotspot for the spread of coronavirus in Europe. Now, for the first time, the lifts are up and running again – under strict safety precautions and with few guests – there is a closure.
I miss you To this day it suffers from the image of March 2020 as a hotspot for Corona – and tight security precautions have been taken. The cabins of the Silvretta Cable Car are disinfected twice a day. Only those who have been vaccinated and who have recovered are allowed to ride. There are also police officers at Valley Station who randomly check evidence.
Even before the start of the season, which was originally scheduled for November 25 and was postponed due to the lockdown, the municipality issued a ban on alcohol in public places. There should also be no festive atmosphere in the car parks.
The extensive skating rink all the way to Samnaun in Switzerland With nearly 240 kilometers of slopes before the pandemic, it has regularly attracted an international audience – the venue is now increasingly focused on sports and nature. “We have a great ski area, excellent gastronomy and wonderful nature,” says Mayor Werner Kurz.
Mostly locals just on the slopes
“We are all happy,” says Marietta of Ischgl. “Life brought us back again.” Another guest came from St. Anton – “Because everything is closed here.” Some Germans also started early in the morning for a ski day. A couple from Bavaria left home at 5:30 in the morning, and at about 8:45 in the morning they both stood at the elevator: “It is worth going here” – even just for one day. They were not allowed to stay overnight. Hotels and restaurants will continue to stay until at least December 12 Austria Closed due to national lockdown.
Even if he’s only been busying himself a handful lately CoronaCases: The last seven-day cases in Austria were about 780, in Tirol about 950. Germany has classified Austria as a high-risk area and issued a travel warning. Switzerland has also been a high-risk area since Friday.
For Germans, this means that anyone who has not been fully vaccinated or recovered must remain in quarantine for ten days upon return and can only be disposed of with a negative test five days later at the earliest. A worrying new virus variant Omikron is making the season even more challenging. “In the long term, this obviously cannot be economic,” says Gunter Zangerl, director of Silvrettaseilbahn.
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In Germany, only the Zugspitze ski area was previously open. On Friday, skiing began in Oberstdorf im Allgäu and in Feldberg in the Black Forest – in Feldberg with 2G base. in a Bayern Thus in Zugspitze and Oberstdorf, 2G plus is applied. Patients who have been vaccinated or recovered must also submit a negative test.
In some places in neighboring Austria, lifts are already operating, for example at the Stubai Glacier and at Kitzbühel. Other areas such as Sölden and Hintertux initially stopped skiing after the closure was announced.