Italy threatens Switzerland with quarantine list in the ski season dispute

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Italy threatens Switzerland with quarantine list in the ski season dispute




Is he putting Switzerland on the quarantine list? Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will discuss the demand on Thursday at the government summit.


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Is he putting Switzerland on the quarantine list? Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will discuss the demand on Thursday at the government summit.


Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wants the start of the ski season in Europe on January 10th. If Switzerland does not participate, the whole country could end up on Italy’s quarantine list.

“The ski areas can remain open with good protection concepts and strict implementation”: Federal Councilor Alain Berset took part in the Media conference from Thursday clear position to Ski resort dispute with Germany, France and Italy. The three countries are calling for all European ski resorts to be closed by January 10 in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte have spoken out in favor of the measure.

Italy now wants to go a step further and is threatening to put Switzerland on the quarantine list if the ski areas remain open. People who were in Switzerland and traveling to Italy would have to spend two weeks in quarantine after returning. At the Italian government summit taking place on Thursday, Conte and Health Minister Roberto Speranza will also discuss other corona measures that will apply from December 4.

Bavaria introduces quarantine for ski tourists

Not only Italy, but also Germany is increasing the pressure on Switzerland. Bavaria decided today to impose a quarantine obligation for winter sports enthusiasts and other day tourists who only travel abroad for a short time. An exemption for stays of less than 24 hours should only apply if there are valid reasons – for example because of work, visits to the doctor or family matters, according to the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.

It is doubtful whether the pressure attempts have any consequences: The Swiss mountain cantons and ski areas are calling for closed slopes so far on incomprehension. Also Daniel Koch, former Corona delegate of the Federal Council, said that a ski season is possible if the numbers continued to drop a little and suitable protection concepts were in place. “The risk is rather low on the ski slopes,” says Koch.

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