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Austria Going Into 20 Day Full Lockdown

J2SkiNews posted 19-Nov



UPDATE: In the two hours since this report was written Austria has announced a full national 20 day lockdown.

BBC report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59343650

This report was written as two provinces initially announced plans to lockdown:

Austria's Salzburgerland region appears to be going into full lockdown in an attempt to stem the rapid rise in COVID 19 infections in the region.

The lockdown is supposed to be for "several weeks", so if it is successful in its aims, would allow ski areas to open for the main season in mid-December.

But the details are being worked out and are due to be confirmed later today.

Last season autumn lockdowns were announced in late October to run to early December but were extended through the winter. Although last season, the vaccination program did not really get started until the end of winter.

A second Austrian province, Upper Austria, is planning a lockdown too. Between them they have 40% of the country's COVID cases. There's pressure on the national government to extend the decision to the whole country.

Austria's coronavirus cases at more than 900 people pre 100,000 as of 18th November are currently far higher than other major alpine ski nations, although unfortunately cases are rising almost everywhere.

After a two-month full lockdown in November and December 2020, Last January ski areas were allowed to open in Austria, but only to local skiers, with hotels and tourism closed.

About a dozen ski areas are already open in the country, including the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Salzburgerland.

Austria had already brought in a rule to only allow vaccinated or recovered skiers on their slopes, not unvaccinated people with a negative test result, then less than a week ago put unvaccinated people in lockdown.

It has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe at around 65%, although the Netherlands, with nearly 85% of the population vaccinated, is also in a partial lockdown as cases rose after it removed restrictions like social distancing.

Germany, which is in a similar position to neighbouring Austria, sees its highest ski area, the Zugspitze Glacier, open to start its 21-22 ski season today, the first time in two years after last winter was cancelled. There is talk of a new lockdown here to however.
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Edited 2 times. Last update at 19-Nov-2021

Tony_H
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posted 19-Nov

You can't stop writing the scripts with these lockdowns and restrictions haha. I'm waiting for the uk gov to tell us Xmas has either been cancelled or saved. Sake.
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Flat country skier
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posted 21-Nov

Well looks like my much anticipated ski trip to Lech starting on 13/12 will be postponed now Unless they lift the restrictions on the 12/12
The whole situation is like mountain weather: unpredictable

J2SkiNews
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posted 21-Nov

flat country skier wrote:Well looks like my much anticipated ski trip to Lech starting on 13/12 will be postponed now Unless they lift the restrictions on the 12/12
The whole situation is like mountain weather: unpredictable


Very sorry to hear that. I'm noticing Many Austrian resorts are saying "we will open on the 13th!" but I suppose that can only be optimism at the moment. As I understand it they are to review the position around the 2nd of December and will end the lock down early if things are moving in the right direction (enough) so as usual lots of ifs and buts...

Iainm
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posted 24-Nov

New update here
https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19798/actually-austrian-ski-area-stay-open-tourists.page

Wanderer
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posted 29-Nov

There appears to be some speculation that the idea of the current lockdown is to ensure that the main ski season is protected. Whether they succeed or not, only time will tell .

Incidentally, I am just back from Germany (Hamburg). They have a strict 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) for entry into most places and it is thoroughly checked everywhere. They also require contact tracing information in most indoor locations - nearly everybody was using the Luca App to provide this info - really easy to use. I have to say that even though it was a bit of a pain being checked everywhere, it also provided a high degree of comfort that you were relatively safe once you were in .

Topic last updated on 29-November-2021 at 11:52

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