Measures to combat the coronavirus: ban also applies to ski resorts

Bern, 14.03.2020 - At its meeting on 13 March 2020 the Swiss Federal Council resolved additional measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland and safeguard members of the public and the healthcare system. Given that the consequences of Ordinance 2 on measures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) for ski resorts were interpreted differently by the cantons, the Federal Office of Public Health is emphasising that the measures resolved also apply to leisure operations such as ski resorts.

While ski resorts in certain cantons have closed in accordance with the Federal Council ordinance, in other cantons this has not been done, at least in some cases. The measures resolved by the Federal Council in this respect are clear: they also apply to ski resorts, starting 13 March 2020.

The ban is designed to prevent larger numbers of people from gathering around transport facilities (without an access function) in ski areas and thus reduce the risk of infection. No more than 100 guests may be present simultaneously in entertainment and leisure establishments, which include ski resorts. If operators are unable to meet these requirements, ski resorts must cease operation immediately. The Federal Office of Public Health calls on ski resorts that are still open to cease operation immediately.

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