Several ski resorts in Switzerland have begun introducing quotas on the number of people on the slopes as part of the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This is reported by the Swiss media.
One of the largest resorts in the Alps, Portes du Soleil, went to such a restriction. The quotas will be effective from Friday.
Meanwhile, authorities in the canton of Zurich have called on resorts to close, pointing out that given the workload due to the coronavirus, hospitals in the region “are unlikely to be able to help those affected on the ski slopes.”
Switzerland, unlike other European countries, did not close its winter resorts during the Christmas and New Year holidays due to the coronavirus.
Earlier, disagreements arose between European countries regarding the operation of ski resorts. As a result, Germany turned to the EU with a request to work out a common European solution, but Brussels considered it a matter of national competence.
The authorities of individual countries fear that in the absence of uniform rules, Europeans will go to those countries where skiing and snowboarding are allowed, and this will lead to an increase in the incidence of coronavirus upon their return to their homeland. The discontent is also associated with the economic losses that will be suffered by the regions, most of whose income is related to mountain tourism.