Some ski resorts in Italy that are currently closed will be able to reopen from next Monday, February 15, the Italian government has announced.
The Conference of Regions and the Technical and Scientific Committee approved guidelines for regions in the so-called ‘yellow zone’ for the use of ski lifts, chairlifts and gondolas in ski resorts for recreational purposes.
Ski slopes in Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont will be accessible again from Monday, although the ski season will not start until Wednesday in the Trentino, while the Aosta valley on the border with France will restart on Thursday.
The number of skiers allowed per day will be limited to 30 per cent of the hourly lift capacity. It is hoped that the capacity will be increased to 50 per cent if the current downward infection trends continue.
The ski resorts are implementing new operational procedures. For example, skiers will be encouraged to buy ski lift tickets online along with parking tickets to avoid queues at the ticket counters.