Six northern Italian regions are demanding clarity from the government in Rome about the opening of the ski slopes. According to the last government regulation, the ski facilities can start the winter season from January 7th, but the CTS scientific committee, which advises the government on how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic, is resisting it.
“Mountain tourism needs time to be organized. We demand clarity from the government about the date on which the ski facilities will reopen, ”said the letter from the regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino South Tyrol. Without winter tourism, the economy of countless mountain communities would be paralyzed.
The technical and scientific committee of the government in Rome has not yet approved the safety protocol for the lifts. The proposal to start with 80 percent of the capacity for orbits and with 100 percent for chair and ski lifts went too far for the committee. It is still completely unclear what requirements should apply to huts on the slopes.
With an ordinance, the government in Rome had decided that the ski slopes could only open after the Christmas holidays on January 7th. After the end of the Christmas holidays, when a lockdown was imposed, Italy wants to revert to the traffic light system in the fight against the corona virus. This provides for the classification of the regions into three risk zones.
In the yellow zones – unlike in the other two risk areas – the bars are allowed to reopen during the day.