Germany Extends Strict Lockdown Measures With Eye Towards Reopening Ski Slopes

Germany extended its coronavirus lockdown measures through mid-December, after cases continued to rise in the nation.

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Germany extended its coronavirus lockdown measures through mid-December, after cases continued to surge in the country.

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Germany is extending its current coronavirus lockdown procedures through mid-December, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced this week.

However Germanys leaders are holding out hope that the regions popular, and lucrative, ski season can be salvaged.

Locals will be provided some freedom around the Christmas vacation. Members of one household can meet 10 individuals in between Dec. 23 to Jan. 1. Kids under 14 are exempt.

Merkel said Germany is trying to negotiate with other European Union nations to keep all ski slopes closed up until early January, in an effort to lessen the spread of the illness.
” I will state this honestly that it wont be easy, but we will try,” Merkel stated, according to the BBC.

Austrian ski resort Ischgl became a coronavirus location earlier this year after several tourists brought the infection back to 45 nations.

The overall restrictions are set to continue up until Dec. 20, but its expected, with the continued rise in infections, that these rules will stay in location up until early January, Merkel stated.

Germany reported its highest-ever day-to-day COVID-19 death total Wednesday, according to U.S. News & & World Report. Johns Hopkins University reports Germany has 995,879 overall confirmed cases as of Thursday morning.

The country will stay under steps presented in early November that consist of limits on private events and it will keep bars, restaurants, and museums closed.

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Austrian ski resort Ischgl ended up being a coronavirus hot spot previously this year after a number of travelers brought the virus back to 45 nations.

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Austria– where the snowboarding market employs some 700,000 people– is not on board with the strategy to coordinate resort openings. Finance Minister Gernot Blümel and Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger stated that if a ski restriction is location on the entire area, it would require 2 billion euros or more of help from the EU.

“If Italy chose to close down all its ski lifts without any support from France, Austria and the other countries, then Italian travelers would risk travelling and taking the contagion back home,” Conte stated.

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl previously this year ended up being a coronavirus hotspot with contaminated travelers going on to spread out the virus to 45 countries.

Ski slopes in Germany and other European countries have actually delayed their start dates forever due to present lockdowns.

Ski resorts have been proven to present a major health risk during the pandemic.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agree that a European Union-coordinated approach to resuming the slopes is a necessity.