Covid 19 - should I travel?

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Covid 19 - should I travel?

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Wanderer posted 11-Mar

Hi guys

I am due to travel to St Anton with a few friends on Saturday - flying into Zurich and then driving down. It is only a short trip and we are due to return on Wednesday.

The numbers of cases in Zurich area and in the Vorarlberg are probably broadly similar to Ireland at the moment (though the situation is evolving incredibly fast). I am not in an "at risk" group and my assessment is that I am as much at risk of contracting the virus at home as I am in St Anton.

The Ischgl case where a barman in one of the popular apres ski bars infected a load of people (around 24 according to some reports) obviously is of significant concern. ISCHGL has now closed most of the apres ski bars and is limiting cable cars/buses to 50% capacity.

Depending on how things evolve over the next week, there is obviously some risk that we could get quarantined in St Anton - a pretty nauseous prospect. Or we could have to self-isolate when we get home which would be a serious nuisance. Very difficult to assess the likelihood of either of these outcomes.

At the moment there is no advice against travel to either Switzerland or Austria so insurance will not kick in if I do not travel.

Do people have any views on whether I should travel or not? I am seriously torn at the moment.

Denina
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posted 11-Mar

We're in the same predicament. Due to ski: 12 of us, 3 families of 4 from South Africa, via Swiss Air/Zurich with private transfer to and from St Anton on 22/3-28/3. We're seemingly doomed as our local airport seems to be quarantining ALL returning travelers on a plane if there is but a suspected case onboard. All 13 cases confirmed to date in SA are people returning from Europe.

Sonofapreacher
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posted 11-Mar

if you have as much chance of getting it at home as abroad, then you may as well go. Loads of bugs in a ski resort anyway.

Sonofapreacher
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posted 11-Mar

if you have as much chance of getting it at home as abroad, then you may as well go. Loads of bugs in a ski resort anyway.

OldAndy
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posted 11-Mar

I am thankful that skiing this year was just one January trip!
Wanderer - just some of the thinking we went through before cancelling a trip to Venice next week.
(before the recent lockdown, when it was still possible to travel)
4 of us, some concerns health wise but not enough to not travel. Quite liked the idea of going when there were likely to be fewer tourists. Umm-ing and err-ing about what to do.
The clincher for us (and everyone is different) came down to the potential need to isolate upon return. Fairly simple, just a nuisance, for 2 of us but potentially problematic for the other two.
That was the deciding factor when we decided not to go. The danger not so much of becoming ill but of having to adjust life upon return.
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Billip5
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posted 11-Mar

Similar issue for me as am currently booked to go to 3V in ten days' time. Will probably make a last minute decision whether to go or not, partly based on whether FCO advice will by then allow me to cancel and get a refund.

SwingBeep
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posted 11-Mar

The situation is Austria very dynamic, today the government decided to start closing schools from Monday. In Tyrol there have been 15 new cases today, one for them is a ski instructor and it has just been reported that the Tyrolean regional government has decided to close the ski lifts at Ischgl for 2 weeks from Saturday https://www.krone.at/2115472

Here in Switzerland the number of cases continues to rise. This afternoon Canton Ticino declared a state of emergency and introduced a number of restrictive measures including the closure of the ski areas.
Edited 1 time. Last update at 11-Mar-2020

Petros678
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posted 11-Mar

https://www.thelocal.ch/20200312/coronavirus-in-switzerland-ticino-closes-all-non-compulsory-schools-until

Ticino in Switzerland has closed its ski resort.
Edited 1 time. Last update at 11-Mar-2020

Topic last updated on 14-March-2020 at 21:49

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