Graubünden and Central Switzerland allow the restaurants in their ski areas to open the sun terraces for the consumption of take-away food – and have done so for weeks. According to the operators, it has been shown that this is problem-free. The protection concepts would be adhered to, it is said in unison.
This of course makes the ski areas attractive and also helps the battered restaurateurs. Neighboring countries also see it this way: “Switzerland is doing better,” confirmed Austrian tourism experts in an interview with BLICK. The y are jealous that the Swiss are more relaxed here than Austria’s government.
But a dispute has sparked over the open ski slopes. Because the federal government prohibits this. He pointed out to the opposing cantons several times in the past few days that only take-away offers at the edge of the slopes were permitted. Without success.
Wallis increases pressure on government
Now the Valais interferes in the terrace Zoff. The holiday canton, which is popular with winter sports enthusiasts, has so far adhered to the Federal Council’s ban. “I feel like in a banana republic,” says the Valais Prime Minister Christophe Darbellay (49) in the “NZZ amSonntag”. Addressing the cantons of Central Switzerland and the Grisons, he complains: “ The se companies have been cashing in on the edge of the slopes for two months, while our restaurants are recording huge losses.”
The Valais is now threatening to open the terrace. Darbellay demands that the Federal Council should finally enforce the ban – or allow terraces to be used in all cantons. If nothing changes by next Wednesday, the Valais would also allow the opening of the terraces in ski areas. In addition, the head of government is demanding financial compensation from the federal government because the Valais ski resort restaurateurs have so far missed good income.
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Zoff Darbellay threatens open Valais