VIENNA – Winter tourism rules

Austria’s government laid out the country’s rules for winter tourism to help preserve the tourist sector in the coming months. While the Christmas markets can open and skiing will be allowed, so-called ‘après-ski’ parties will be banned.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned of the dangers related to the continued spread of COVID-19. “We must stop (its) growth,” he said, not only to preserve public health, but also jobs, particularly in the tourism industry. Tourism is “part of our identity,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger rolled out more regulations for the tourism and hospitality sectors, including forbidding people from standing and sitting close to each other.

The country is also apprehensive about having ‘another Ischgl‘, the ski village that was the source of many coronavirus infections in a number of European countries in March.

(Sarah Lawton |

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