Merkel seeks consensus to close ski resorts in Europe

The cGerman anchor, Angela Merkel, it is proposed to find a European consensus to close the ski resorts at least until January, to avoid further spikes in contagion in this tourist activity, despite being aware that it will run into the rejection from neighboring Austria.

“We will try to get the closure of skiing approved at the European Union level,” said the head of government, in a statement before the Bundestag (Federal Parliament), where he explained the decisions taken with the regional powers.

In his meeting with the leaders of the countries It was decided to extend until January the restrictions in force, initially planned throughout November, although with some relaxation to favor the family encounters in the christmas festivities.

Merkel insisted to the deputies that, in addition to the closure of the gastronomy, the cultural field or the nightlife, you have to restrict contacts as much as possible and avoid any trip or displacement not necessary.

I veto “tourist trips”

In this framework are especially the “tourist trips” and also activities such as skiing, added the chancellor, to then refer to the fact that it is based on the fact that it will find opposition from Austria there.

Merkel He referred to the progress made in containing the pandemic throughout November, with the restrictions in force since November 2, and pointed out that, thanks to this, the increase in new infections has at least been slowed down.

“We must continue working to reduce the cases,” so it is necessary “to tighten some measures,” he explained, to later elaborate on the relaxation of some measurements during christmas festivities.

The explicit allusion to ski practice It occurs in the midst of the division of opinions on the matter generated in Germany. From that tourism sector it is insisted that it is an outdoor sport and, therefore, without added risk of contagion but the Prime Minister of Bavaria, the Conservative Markus Söder, has insisted on the danger of another Ischgl, the Austrian tourist resort where thousands of tourists from all over Europe were infected in the first wave.

As agreed, the restrictions on public life and economic activity, in force since November 2, will last until January. The framework criterion is to reduce the accumulated incidence to 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, a criterion from which it is considered to enter into area of ​​risk. Currently the national average is close to 150, with several dozen municipalities, including Berlin, above 200.

Bars and restaurants, theaters, cinemas, museums, clubs and gyms They will remain closed, while the shops will have limited capacity. Meetings may not exceed five people – a maximum of two households – and teleworking is recommended.

As of December 20, in the face of the Christmas festivities, these measures will be relaxed to allow meetings of up to ten people from different homes, although it is recommended before these meetings to remain in home quarantine or to restrict at least contacts to avoid contagion.

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