NSW Opening – Skiers and boarders to hit the slopes from 22 June 2020
Dear SLOPES Members and Associates
See the attached Media Release (titled as above) from the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, which today announces for NSW:
- the alpine region will open from 22 June,and
- skiers and holidaymakers will not be able to visit ski resorts for the 6-8 June long weekend.
Key paragraphs from the media release are:
“The NSW Government, through NSW Health and NSW Police, is working closely with ski field operators, associated businesses, suppliers and industry associations to ensure COVIDsafe measures are in place when the season commences. “These measures will mean that fewer people will be able to visit and stay at resorts this season, so it is essential that people book and confirm their travel arrangements and accommodation before they travel.” Some of the measures in place include maintaining physical distancing at resorts, limits to the number of people on ski areas, controlled access to ski lifts, increased cleaning of all facilities and no snowplay. Mr Barilaro said to give ski resorts enough time to implement health and safety measures they will not open before Monday 22 June, which means skiers and holidaymakers will not be able to visit ski resorts for the 6-8 June long weekend.
While the resorts are closed over the June long weekend to skiers and holidaymakers, SLOPES understand Clubs will still be able to send authorised work parties to prepare lodges for the season.
The next piece of information needed by Clubs is an announcement from Perisher as to its level of operations and the practicalities of their COVID Safe Plan.
We will let Clubs know as soon as we hear anything more on this.