Published on: July 25, 2020
SO WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN VERBIER?
Just like the rest of the world, here in Verbier we’ve been dealing with the impact of the the coronavirus pandemic.
Switzerland has been ahead of the curve in many respects. Lockdown was implemented early and well respected – but not nearly as intense or limiting as many other nations.
The communications have been simple and clear, with regular developments explained through simple messaging online and through social media.
But as the Swiss have begun to release lockdown, we are seeing life carry on with a few simple changes and by comparison it’s feeling almost normal again here.
So we wanted to update you on what’s been happening, about how the lifts are reopening and what you can expect for the coming winter.
Because it’s looking like Verbier will be open for business as usual. Well, almost as usual.
The Swiss rules today
At the moment there are three key simple rules that will sound pretty familiar. There are also a few additional restrictions that are in place.
You’ll notice that (currently) we aren’t wearing face masks in shops or bars – although in some Swiss areas that has been adopted by local authorities, but not here in Valais.
Bars and restaurants are asking for clients to register using an app before entering. But you can always leave your details in writing to fulfil track and trace requirements.
Which all means the lifts are open again
We’re delighted that the lifts are already running in Verbier. It means that what we’re seeing, in a lot of ways, is a dry-run for winter.
The biggest change you’ll notice is on the lifts. Once you’re inside the lift buildings or in the lifts themselves you must wear a mask. That’s because lifts are included in public transport rules.
As with everywhere we are seeing lots of lines taped on the floor to give people reference points for social distancing, but in simple terms the masks are the biggest change you’re aware of when you’re using the lifts.
And it’s certainly not stopping Verbier getting busy over the holidays with mountain bikers and hikers.
To be honest life feels almost like normal.
The way things should look come winter
The face mask / face covering requirement is the most notable change this summer – and will no doubt be for winter. It’s a simple measure that keeps everyone that bit safer.
But it will certainly be significantly easier to implement in winter as a lot of people already wear neck warmers and snoods that can easily pull up to become a face covering.
We expect social distancing to be tricker in lift queues etc but always mitigated by wearing the masks.
More news soon…
The Swiss Federeal Council is regularly updating the Covid-19 rules and restrictions. So we will be updating the blog as things develop.
Just check back and keep an eye on our social media – we’ll add updates as things change and also bring information on any travel restrictions as they are updated.
But for now we hope you are well and we look forward to skiing with you all again very soon.