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Covid19 - Safety measures for the Winter 2020/2021

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Subject to change without notice.
Last updated: January 11th, 2021


Dear guests,

Despite the strict lockdown and related difficult circumstances in several areas, the Arlberger Bergbahnen AG offers -based on particular measures and official requirements- limited skiing fun to the public with the following cable cars and ski lifts:

St. Anton / St. Christoph / Stuben:
Nassereinbahn, Gampenbahn, Kapallbahn, Mattunbahn, Zammermoosbahn, Osthangbahn, Tanzbödenbahn, Schindlergratbahn, Galzigbahn, Nassereinlift, Gampen I and II practice lifts, St. Christophbahn. Valfagehrbahn and Albonabahn I.

The hospitality industry (hotels and accommodation providers) including bars and restaurants will -under certain circumstances- open on January 25th, 2021.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the holiday region for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and relaxing winter hiking. Our main goal is to offer our guests the greatest possible safe holiday environment. In addition to branch-specific safety-related measures, St. Anton am Arlberg also serves as model region for the project "Covid-19 - Risk Management Winter Tourism" of the state of Tyrol, alongside Alpbach. Based on the results, a risk assessment and management model has been developed. This should help identify and avoid situations with an increased risk of Covid-19 infection as early as possible in the upcoming winter season.

We are pleased to inform you about the current measures, which will be regularly extended and adapted to the latest development. In addition, of course the governmental official requirements are also strictly adhered to.

With these steps we would like to make it possible for you to have a relaxing and above all safe holiday this winter in St. Anton am Arlberg. We look forward to continue delighting you with the original charm of the region and the warmth of our hosts.
 

Personal responsibility as the most important aspect

The safety and health of our guests, as well as of our employees and residents, is a top priority in St. Anton am Arlberg. In accordance with the current regulations of the Federal Government, St. Anton am Arlberg has defined the first measures for the upcoming winter, which are continuously adapted and updated to the official requirements.
An extremely important aspect in reducing the risk of infection is a personal responsibility of every person who works, lives or spend a holiday in the region. We therefore urge everyone to respect and follow all measures and safety recommendations in force. In doing so, you are making an invaluable contribution for everyone’s safety.

The most important rules to follow:

1. keep at least 1 metre distance to strangers
2. wear mouth and nose protection (FFP2 Mask is mandatory).
3. wash hands several times a day.
4. refrain from shaking hands when greeting people.
5. sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief.
6. pay contactless if possible.

Further information on: tyrol.com

Events

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Previously scheduled events such as the International Ski & Snowboard Test and the opening concert with Andreas Bourani won't take place.

Likewise, we will also forgo the ski show "Schneetreiben" (due to the excessive number of visitors in the finish stadium area), the New Year's Concert and the concert of the Wilten Boys Choir this coming winter.

The events in spring are currently still on programme. Information on a number of planned events can be found here.

The Women's Alpine Ski World Cup on 9 and 10 January 2021 is to be held according to plan. Due to the current regulations, no spectators are allowed to attend the races.

Arlberg Mountain Railways

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There are clear rules defined for the operation of cable cars, lifts and mountain restaurants. You can find out the rules that apply in each case on arlbergerbergbahnen.com or skiarlberg.at as well as on the information pillars and signs.

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Ski schools

Measures for the organisation of snow sports operations were developed by the Austrian Ski School Association. These contain detailed recommendations for action for ski schools, snow sports instructors, employees, practical snow sports instruction (general and children) as well as for the care of children in the indoor area of ski kindergartens.

The complete guidelines of the Austrian Ski School Association can be found on: snowsportaustria.com

Après ski and night clubs

An increased risk of infection due to large gatherings of people in a party areas must be avoided at all costs. Therefore, after skiing as well as in the evening and night hours, gathering won’t be allowed this upcoming winter. In the meantime, there are clear guidelines from the Federal Government iin this regard, which serve the purpose of safety. For example, food and drinks may only be served both indoors and outdoors in seating areas where the minimum distance is observed.

Accommodation and gastronomy

All accommodation facilities, from small guesthouse to large hotels, have gained their first experience during the summer months. In winter, many regulations and safety measures will continue to apply and some intensified. For detailed information please contact your respective host.

Cancellations

Taking out comprehensive travel insurance is particularly recommended for the coming winter. One option is the “European Travel Insurance”, which currently covers Covid-19 diseases like any other unexpected serious illness. More information are available on: europaeische.at/en/

Public transport

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The ski bus service in the region has developed over the years and offers quick and easy access to the ski area. This winter the bus service is facing great challenges. In addition to hygiene measures and compulsory masks, other regulations will be introduced, especially in the areas around the bus stops and during transport. For example, we will reduce the maximum number of passengers in the ski buses. If necessary, we will also increase the frequency and number of ski buses in service.

This aim to assure a safe and efficient transport of our guests to and from the ski area. We kindly ask for your understanding should any delay may occur.

We have worked intensively on a management concept for cars and buses parking space.

At the East and West Bus Terminals, the passengers' traffic will be managed by an active visitor flow control. You can find an illustration here:

Wastewater monitoring

As part of a COVID-19 early warning system, the St. Anton am Arlberg region has set up and adapted a wastewater monitoring system.

Contact Tracing

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The rapid tracing of an identified COVID19 disease is very important. Since October 19, 2020, the registration of visitors to Tyrolean restaurants has been mandatory. The region of St. Anton am Arlberg ensures that registration can take place in compliance with data protection regulations.

During the summer season we have developed a concrete solution in this regard and it's been successfully tested in live operation in St. Anton am Arlberg in various companies and in large public facilities such as the Arlberg WellCom swimming pool.

In this context also the "Stopp Corona-App" of the Austrian Federal Government and the Austrian Red Cross is an App that we expressly recommend installing on your smartphone in order to enable contact tracing outside of companies.

Test programme for employees

In the summer months, the Federal Government launched the initiative "Safe Hospitality - Test Offer Tourism". This allows employees of commercial accommodation establishments, campsites and gastronomy to have themselves tested regularly on a voluntary basis. The region of St. Anton am Arlberg also actively participates in this initiative.

This testing programme will be extended to snow sports instructors also throughout the winter season. The involvement of employees from all sectors is being sought, although this depends on the decisions of the federal government.

Testing for guests

We'll enable our guests to have regular, fast, uncomplicated tests if you should need a test for your journey home for example.

SAFE SERVICE

Safe hospitality comes first, which is why the Tyrolean Chamber of Commerce (Tourism and Leisure Industry Division) launched the SAFE SERVICE initiative. This enables our companies to make it visible that their employees are well trained in matters of legal regulations, necessary measures and the correct handling of these. Targeted further and advanced training ensures that the employees of Safe Hospitality are always up to date. Certification as a Safe Service company, however, only takes place after proof of the required knowledge. St. Anton am Arlberg tourist association is pleased to inform you that we are SAFE SERVICE certified since October.

C19 Service Desk

Due to the manifold challenges and the constantly changing framework conditions, particularly qualified employees of the St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Office devote themselves specifically to the topic concerning COVID19.
The C19 Service Desk can be reached by emailing at service@stantonamarlberg.com and weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. by phone +43 5446 2269 55

Corona Safety Officer

The institutions and companies in the region are aware of their responsibility. Many employees have already been trained as Corona safety officers, thus ensuring high quality in the implementation of hygiene measures, safety regulations and prevention concepts.

Recreation in nature

St. Anton am Arlberg is considered the heart of the largest connected ski area in Austria with 305 kilometres of downhill runs, 88 lifts and cable cars and 200 kilometres of freeride terrain. In addition, guests in the region will find more than 40 km of cross-country ski runs and over 80 km of winter hiking trails. With a few restrictions, nothing stands in the way of the holiday experience in this vast area. Especially in the coming winter, we need to relax in the fresh air and spend relaxing hours in the snow-covered landscape, surrounded by the unique mountain world. If we take care of each other and implement measures to protect our health, even a holiday during this unusual time will be an extraordinary experience.

The development of the guidelines is an ongoing process, which we will inform you about at this point on a regular basis. The other legal regulations of the Federal Government also play a decisive role in this process.

We are sure that we’ll be able to offer you a wonderful and unforgettable holiday in the St. Anton am Arlberg region this year as always. We are looking forward to your visit!

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