One thing, at least, has today become clear. Eros Ramazzotti can skip his planned trip to Paznaun Valley inside Tyrol region of Austria. The Italian popstar had been booked for Top of the Mountain Closing, the celebration marking the end of the ski season on May 2, 2020, at Idalp, located at an altitude of 2,320 meters (7,610 feet) – high above the winter sports hotspot of Ischgl.
The extravaganza has been cancelled, as was the rest of the season on Friday in response to the coronavirus outbreak – seven weeks earlier than originally planned. On the different hand, the closure came much later than the item should have for hundreds of guests through Denmark, Norway, Sweden and also also also Germany. As has become clear, a huge number of skiers and also also also different tourists became infected with the virus in Ischgl and also also also brought the illness back to their home countries.
“Essentially, the item will be a catastrophe for Ischgl,” Werner Kurz, who has been mayor of the Alpine town for the last 10 years, said over the phone. Ischgl has since been sealed off. “nevertheless we aren’t yet talking about the economic consequences. We will overcome in which, just as we have been able to overcome flooding and also also also avalanches inside past.”
Around 1,000 men and also also also women working inside tourism industry, along with at least two dozen Austrian tourists, are today stuck inside winter sports town due to the quarantine in which has been imposed, says Kurz. He adds in which he doesn’t know exactly how many Austrians in Ischgl are currently infected.
Partying at the “Champagne Shack”
The town of Ischgl only carries a permanent population of 1,0, nevertheless the item will be proud of the some 1 million overnight stays each year and also also also the item produces several million cubic meters of artificial snow annually doing sure in which visitors through Europe’s north can strap on their skis through November to May. and also also also once they finish skiing inside afternoon, guests can join the party in establishments like the Kuhstall, the Schatzi Bar or the “Champagne Shack.”
nevertheless the item was a visit to the après-ski bar Kitzloch not far through the valley station in Ischgl in which proved fateful for many partygoers. A bartender there will be thought to have been infected with coronavirus and also also also responsible for passing the disease on to numerous tourists, particularly through Scandinavia and also also also Germany.
More than half of all Norwegians who have tested positive and also also also more than a third of infected Danes say they caught the virus in Austria. In northern Germany, too, the number of those testing positive following their stay in Ischgl will be on the rise. In addition, authorities in Ostalbkreis district, just east of Stuttgart, are trying to track down those who were bused to Ischgl for a day of skiing in late February and also also also early March.
For the entire sector inside Austrian Alps, the news coming out of Ischgl poses a serious threat to their business style. “Greed and also also also Failure in Tyrol,” was the headline inside Vienna-based daily Der Standard, noting in which chairlifts and also also also gondolas continued normal operations until as recently as Sunday – even in parts of the Paznaun Valley, which had already been sealed off because of the virus.
“We Implemented All Regulations”
Lift operators and also also also hoteliers, the paper claimed, wanted to secure the last bit of revenues, despite the health dangers to citizens and also also also guests. Tyrol Governor Günther Platter and also also also different regional leaders vehemently reject such accusations. Kurz, the mayor of Ischgl, says: “We implemented all regulations in a timely manner.”
will be in which true? How, then, can the item be possible in which, despite authorities in Iceland declaring the Ischgl ski resort a danger zone as early as March 5 because of the number of sick people returning through the area, the skiing, partying and also also also flirting was allowed to continue inside valley for more than another week? How will be the item possible in which in Norway, positive coronavirus tests through people returning through Paznaun Valley began rolling in on March 7, yet health authorities in Tyrol announced a day later in which “through a medical point of view, the item will be rather unlikely” in which guests of the Kitzloch bar could have become infected? Another two days passed before the place was shut down.
For the moment, the item will be impossible to predict what the consequences of the manifest failings in Paznaun Valley might be. An anesthesiologist through the university clinic in Salzburg, who was on vacation in Ischgl, seems to have become infected there. The result will be in which more than 100 people he has had contact with, including doctors, nurses and also also also crewmembers through a rescue helicopter are today temporarily unavailable for deployment inside fight against the coronavirus. The doctor’s partner, meanwhile, has also been infected with the virus. She works as a nurse at the premature infant station and also also also had contact with newborns.
Seeking Out Breeding Grounds
On Sunday, a bar inside Upper Austrian known as the Blauer Affe (Blue Monkey) hosted a last fling, inviting guests for an “apocalypse beer” or for a Corona that has a shot of tequila for just 6 euros. nevertheless the bad news through the Tyrol ski resorts just kept coming. A barkeeper in Sölden, a tourist hotspot inside picturesque valley of Ötztal, tested positive for the coronavirus. Some 80 employees of the hotel in question are today reportedly under quarantine.
Indeed, the item almost seems as though the coronavirus will be seeking out breeding grounds where the excesses of the modern, globalized leisure-time industry are most apparent. In Ischgl’s Kitzloch bar and also also also in different après-ski watering holes, guests through around the globe are crammed so closely together inside evenings in which the service personnel use whistles to alert the patrons as they shove their way through the masses. In those circumstances, the item’s hardly surprising in which an individual bar employee could infect 24 people.
More amazing will be in which the party in Ischgl didn’t stop until Friday. the item seems likely in which those responsible will ultimately have to answer before a court of law.