Skiers will be welcome to hit the slopes in Austria’s Alps this year. But après-ski — the revelries that often follow a day in the snow — will be banned, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Thursday.
“For all fans of winter sport, one thing is clear: there will be fun on the slopes, but without après-ski,” Kurz said, according to Bloomberg News.
Tourists travel from around the world to ski in Austria’s Alps. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Austria are linked to the tourism industry, Kurz said Thursday.
For the upcoming season, Austrian officials will impose new regulations to try to limit coronavirus outbreaks linked to skiing. Restaurants and bars will not be allowed to serve anyone who isn’t seated. The country’s tourism minister also announced mandatory distancing at ski lifts, regular testing for ski instructors and other staff, and 1 a.m. close times for restaurants, Bloomberg News reported.
This week, a consumer protection group filed several civil suits against the Austrian government over its handling of a coronavirus outbreak at a ski resort earlier this year.