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Ski season is just around the corner, and is the perfect start to the Winter season. While keen skiers and Winter holiday enthusiasts will be desperate to get away, many may be more apprehensive to hit the slopes during a pandemic. To put your mind at rest, Express.co.uk has gathered the latest rules and restrictions for those looking to get away for a Wintery break.
Can I go skiing this year?
There are currently only a few ski destinations open to Britons due to the UK’s travel corridor list.
While there are many options available, some destinations will require Britons to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
Those willing to book a Winter ski break will need to keep in mind that restrictions could change at any point as coronavirus cases continue to rise across Europe.
Travellers need to be flexible and be aware that quarantine rules, travel restrictions and cancellations could take place.
However, if there isn’t a complete ban on international travel, or another full lockdown in the UK, then you can travel abroad to a Winter destination.
Where can I go skiing?
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of ski destinations that are not on the quarantine list.
France, Austria and Switzerland which are all popular ski destinations are currently not on the UK government’s travel corridor list which means Britons will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
Britons should also be aware that Britons now also have to quarantine for 10 days when they arrive in Switzerland.
Norway is also requiring travellers fro the Uk to self isolate for 10 days on arrival.
From November 23, Britons arriving in Finland will be asked to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result no more than 72 hours old.
Travellers will then potentially have to quarantine for another 72 hours and be retested.
Italy and Germany are both home to some brilliant ski resorts and both countries are on the UK’s travel corridor list which means Britons will not have to quarantine on their return to the UK.
Sweden and Poland are also both on the travel corridor list and have some great ski resorts.
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What should I expect at resorts?
A lot of resorts are yet to finalise the details of how things will work in the face of a worldwide pandemic.
However, some basic rules have emerged which includes wearing masks in life queues, in enclosed lifts, in communal areas and indoor public spaces.
Social distancing rules are also likely to be in place.
Resorts will also ask visitors to download an app to order food in restaurants or make reservations.
Some resorts could limit the number of life passes they sell to visitors and ask them to make bookings in advance.
National or regional measures are also likely to be implemented depending on where you are.
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Today, ski resorts in Austria have revealed a number of new coronavirus measures.
Curfews will be put in place and coronavirus testing ting will be in place for staff and visitors.
Bars and restaurants will be doing table service only indoors and outdoors with a distance of one metres in place between groups of guests.
Any singing or dancing will not be allowed and groups in restaurants and bars will be limited to just 10 people, excluding children.
Venues will also have to be closed by 1am with curfews being even tighter across states in SalzburgerLand where bars and restaurants will have to close by 10pm.
Masks will also be compulsory in bars and restaurants when people are not seated, when people are queuing and when there isn’t the chance to social distance.
Switzerland is not asking people to wear masks on chairlifts, but some French resorts will.
France has also introduced some coronavirus safety measures for Winter holidays in the Alps and Pyrenees.
Again, venues will be using table service only with no crowds or dancing and customers will have to wear a mask until they are seated.
Tables will be one metre apart in bars and restaurants too.
There will be no restrictions in place on the number of people skiing and snowboarding on mountains.
On ski lifts and gondolas there will be one-way systems, regular sanitisation, sanitation points, fogging machines and mandatory mask-wearing in place when queuing and riding a lift.
To check what other measures are in place, contact the resort or the local tourism office.
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