Northern Italy’s ski resorts reopen amid COVID-19 concerns – .

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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy, Nov. 20 (Reuters) – Ski resorts in northern Italy reopen for the winter season after extended shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a recent increase in infections is spreading concerns about possible new restrictions.

Fabio Sacco, chairman of the Skirama consortium which brings together several resorts in the Trentino Alto Adige region, said he had been waiting to restart since March last year, when Italy imposed a lockdown.

“It’s a really exciting time,” he told Reuters.

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Italy has also seen an increase in daily cases in recent weeks, especially in parts of the north where there are many ski slopes. Hospitalizations remain under control nationwide, but operators are aware of the risks that increased infections can pose.

“There is some uncertainty and fear due to the worsening pandemic trend, but the resorts in our consortium and across Trentino are ready to deal with different scenarios,” Sacco said.

A COVID-19 health pass – which indicates whether someone has completed the vaccination cycle, recently tested negative, or recovered from illness – is required to access ski lifts as well as face masks and social distancing rules.

Skiers, enjoying clear blue skies and perfect ski conditions, were optimistic for the upcoming winter season.

“Finally, after a year of closure, we are happy. There is a desire to ski. The snow and the day are beautiful. I expect a lot of positive things from this season, ”said skier Filippo Laureti.

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Reporting by Matteo Berlenga and Flavio Lo Scalzo, written by Angelo Amante, edited by Christina Fincher

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