Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) supports the Italian initiative to keep the ski areas in the Alps closed over Christmas. “If we want to keep borders open, we also need a clear agreement on skiing. Otherwise it will be a difficult development,” he said in Munich on Tuesday. Anyone who goes skiing in risk areas has to be in quarantine for ten days.
“I would prefer we would have a uniform agreement at European level: no ski lifts open anywhere or no vacation anywhere,” said the Bavarian politician. He is thus in line with Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. In view of the corona pandemic, Conte wants to keep ski areas closed until at least January 10th. Italy, in coordination with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, is striving for a European roadmap for gradual opening.
Conte also got support from the Italian mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner. Waiting until January to open the slopes and operations, if the contagious values allow it by then, is not a choice but a must, the 76-year-old told the newspaper “La Repubblica” (Tuesday edition).