Ski resorts and hospitality businesses in the Valais to remain open despite Swiss crackdown announcement.

Today, the Swiss federal government announced strict new measures to help reduce the rate of Covid-19 in the country that includes the closure of hospitality businesses such as restaurants, bars, museums, sport centres, spas, casinos, cinemas and theatres.

These measures will come into force on Tuesday December 22 and last for one month, ending on January 20.

But the Valais canton has been allowed to make their own decision based on the Reproduction Rate (R Rate), which is currently lower than other areas of the country. This means ski resorts in the Valais, including Crans-Montana, will remain open for skiing, and restaurants and bars can also remain open, with a mandatory 10pm closing time.

The R rate in the Valais is currently recorded at 0.97, below the threshold of 1 and if the rate increases past 1, then the federal rules imposed will need to be implemented.

Pierre-Henri Mainetti, Sales Director of Crans-Montana, said:

“The strict implementation of the measures during November until December 14 has helped Valais to be in a more favourable situation than other areas of Switzerland. Never the less we need to stay ultra-vigilant now to ensure this remains the case. Our wish is that our visitors can enjoy the mountains in the best conditions. To this end, compliance with the measures is an absolute priority and we can only encourage everyone to show the greatest discipline at all times. This is only way for everyone to keep enjoying their holidays in Crans-Montana”.

Further information about the new Covid regulations.

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