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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

19th December 2020

In consultation with the cantons of central Switzerland, the canton of Uri has decided not to grant the ski resorts a permit for the operation of ski facilities from December 22nd to 29th, 2020. The aim is to reduce the risk of accidents and thus an even greater burden on the health system.

According to the requirements of the Federal Council, the cantons are responsible for approving operations in the ski areas. It stipulates that the epidemiological situation must permit operation and that sufficient capacities are ensured in the hospitals, for contact tracing and for testing. Strict protection concepts must also be in place and their implementation ensured.

The nine ski areas in Uri submitted appropriate protection concepts for skiing operations to the COVID-19 special team on time. These were checked and assessed as eligible. However, the prevailing epidemiological situation and the available hospital capacities speak against a permit. The epidemiological situation in connection with the corona pandemic is still tense and the hospitals in Central Switzerland, especially in the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital LUKS as the regional central hospital, are busy. An additional burden on hospitals and health workers from snow sports incidents is currently unreasonable. The closure of the Uri ski areas between December 22 and 29, 2020 will also take into account the hospital capacities in the central cantons and is a sign of solidarity.

Lanes can remain open

Only ski and chair lifts are not allowed to be opened. Likewise, no ski or toboggan runs may be prepared. However, lanes can remain open. Walking paths and cross-country skiing trails should continue to be available to the population for outdoor exercise. The risk of accidents is significantly lower with these activities than with skiing or snowboarding. As a consequence, any sporting activities that involve an increased risk of accidents should be avoided. This in order to achieve the desired relief for the hospitals.

On December 28, 2020, the canton of Uri will reassess the situation and decide whether the ski areas should be opened from December 30, 2020.

Refrain from day trips

The canton of Uri asks everyone to assume their own responsibility. Large gatherings of people should be avoided and the range of motion restricted as possible. Day tourists in particular from all over Switzerland are asked to stay at home over the festive season. If the excursion tourism gets out of hand and the parking spaces reach their capacity, appropriate control measures must be taken.

Landammann Urban Camenzind states: “The economy is threatened with major failures. The decisions made today were not at all easy for the government council and the COVID-19 special staff. But we also want to set a sign of solidarity, not least with the central cantons. In return, we also expect from the Swiss Confederation that this solidarity is lived out when it comes to compensating for the loss of earnings. Because the damage is immense. “

Inquiries from media professionals:

Landammann Urban Camenzind, phone +41 41 875 2100, email Urban.Camenzind@ur.ch
Health, social and environmental director Christian Arnold, phone +41 79 487 2369, email ch.arnold@ur.ch

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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