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(Bloomberg) -- Austria’s ski resorts will open up again this winter, though tourists will have to do without the usual off-piste partying, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.
Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to serve seated customers, Kurz said, as the government tries to prevent the spate of coronavirus outbreaks that marred the last winter season. He also called on Austrians to help bring down the number of infections which have led to travel warnings.
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“Hundreds of thousands of jobs directly or indirectly depend on tourism,” Kurz said. “For all fans of winter sport, one thing is clear: there will be fun on the slopes, but without apres ski.”
The rules for ski tourism were announced a day after victims of the coronavirus super-spreading in the Ischgl resortfor damages caused by a botched response this spring.
The recent uptick in new virus cases in Austria has prompted countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium to encourage tourists to stay away from some parts of the country.
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