National Guidelines for Guests: Winter Holiday Activities

Learning how to make those first parallel turns during a ski lesson, enjoying some hearty Knödel for lunch in a picturesque alpine hut, drinking mulled wine at a Christmas market in the evening: there are a lot of special moments to which one looks forward when planning a winter holiday in Austria. With the below protective measures, we hope that visitors will be able to enjoy their favourite winter activities in a safer and comfortable environment.


- Maintain a minimum distance of 1m between groups of visitors

- Fixed seating must be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces, as opposed to standing.

- As potentional sources of infection, singing, dancing and standing close together are not permitted.

Restaurants, buffets and bars

- Maximum of 10 people per group. Children do not count towards the maximum number.

- Maintain a minimum distance of 1m between groups of visitors in restaurants and bars.

- Opening and closing times are restricted to between 5am – 1am the next day.

- In the states of SalzburgerLand, Tirol and Vorarlberg, there is a closing curfew of 10pm.

- Do not consume food or drink at the point of purchase such as the till or bar.

- In enclosed spaces, food and drink must be consumed only when seated in the designated areas.

- Mouth and nose protection is mandatory for staff and customers in closed areas. This should only be removed when seated at one's table.

Cable Cars

- Take care to maintain a 1m distance from others, especially while queueing.

- In the enclosed areas of cable car stations, and in the cable car carriages themselves, mouth and nose protection must be worn.

- All employees with customer contact must wear mouth and nose protection.

Ski Schools

- The Austrian Ski School Association has devised recommendations with the Federal Ministry of Health.

- There is a maximum of 10 people, including the ski instructor, per group.

- Snow sports instructors travelling from aboard must present the school owner with a PCR test on arrival.

- A face mask is to be worn where It is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1m, such as when assisting after a fall.

- Rental equipment is regularly disinfected.

Christmas Markets

- The number of visitors will be monitored and regulated in order to ensure that social distancing can be observed.

- Spacing measures such as distances between stands are in place.

- Safety and hygiene measures must be followed by operators, employees and visitors.