Catering in ski areas – Recalcitrant cantons now close their terraces

The authorities of the cantons of Central Switzerland, Glarus and Ticino allowed the terraces of their ski areas to serve take-out meals. This will no longer be the case.

In the cantons of Uri, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Glarus and Ticino, the authorities had authorized ski area restorers to leave the terraces open for their customers to take away. (archives).


The cantons of central Switzerland as well as Glarus and Ticino are yielding to the injunctions of the Federal Council: they will close the terraces in their ski areas due to the pandemic. Graubünden had already taken this decision on Wednesday.

From Sunday evening, the terraces of takeaway restaurants will be closed to the public in the stations where they were still open. The cantons of Schwyz, Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Glarus and Ticino have agreed on this point, they announced in their respective press releases on Friday.

Thursday, they had indicated that these terraces remained provisionally open. The cantons concerned intended to convince the Minister of Health Alain Berset that their closure was counterproductive in the face of the danger of coronavirus infections. Friday morning, they went back: they are closing the terraces until further notice.

They went back

Thursday morning in Aarau, Federal Councilor Alain Berset repeated what he said on Wednesday, namely that he was convinced that the cantons will respect the measures taken by the Federal Council concerning restaurant terraces in ski areas. The situation is legally clear. “It is in everyone’s interest” that the Federal Council’s decision be respected, he stressed.

Recently, the canton of Valais strongly protested against the maintenance of the openings of the terraces in the ski areas of central Switzerland and Ticino. He saw it as unfair competition.


Posted today at 13:18

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