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COVID Update – Feb 3rd 2021

Much the same with a few minor updates

In the last fortnight there have been a couple more press conferences and a few updates to the rules and restrictions. These include a modification to the quarantine rules allowing for shorter quarantine with a negative test after 7 days. Also new rules for entering Switzerland from high risk countries. There is also more information coming out on the vaccination schedule here in Switzerland.

WHAT's NEW?

Shops & Restaurants remain closed

The town in essence remains closed:

  • Non essential shops closed
  • Private gatherings limited to 5 people
  • Requirement to work from home
 
Ski School offices remain open and it is possible to click and collect rental gear.

Latest measures

See the latest measures here:

Special provisions for ski resorts

 

THE NUMBERS...

New cases in Switzerland

The R rate for the whole country is up from 0.81 at the time of our last post 2 weeks ago to 1.01
The 7 day moving average on daily new cases has moved from 2080 down to 1545.

New cases in Valais

The r rate in Valais is up just over 1 again for the last 2 weeks  although the new cases currently are trending downwards.

The situation in Zermatt

The ski area remains open although it’s been a stormy couple of weeks. We have had a lot of wind, huge amounts of snow and it’s been an interesting time in the mountains.

The off piste has been very unstable and there have been a lot of controlled avalanches to keep the town and ski area safe.

It’s still pretty quiet up on the mountain except for instructors training and a few local kids groups in the school ski week.

We are preparing ourselves for our quietest half term yet (hopefully ever!)

Matterhorn Paradise lift pass policy re COVID for winter 20/21

In a nutshell if you book your lift pass online but can’t make it out to Zermatt due to travel bans, you or persons cloasely associated catching COVID-19 or resort facilities being closed due to federal or cantonal authorities then you will be issued with a credit note for the lift pass that is valid for 5 years. There are other insurance options and some lift passes are not valid for the credit note scheme so be sure to check the terms and conditions in detail.

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