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Some Australian Ski Areas Close For 5 Days

In an escalation of moves by regional governments in the states of Australia to so outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID 19, The Victorian Government has declared a state-wide five-day lockdown from 11:59pm Thursday 15 July until midnight on Tuesday 20 July.

This means that lifts at the state’s ski resorts which include Falls Creek and Mt Hotham will stop spinning for five days from tonight.

“We know that this is devastating news for our guests, employees, and local communities, and we want you to know that we share this sadness with you, and that we’ll ensure to be ready to welcome you back when the lockdown has lifted. The safety of our guests, staff and community is, and always will be, our highest priority and we encourage everyone to follow the lockdown rules so we can get back on the slopes as soon as possible,” a statement from Falls Creek said.

Victoria’s largest city, Melbourne, had been the first in Australia to go into lockdown at the start of the 2021 ski season in early-June, however the ski resorts were allowed to open and operate. As those lockdowns ended skiers from Melbourne were allowed to visit again if they’d had a recent negative test.

In recent weeks outbreaks in Sydney and other Australian cities had appeared more severe and things seemed to be looking up in Victoria with New Zealand re-opening its quarantine-free travel bubble with the state, but not neighbouring New South Wales earlier this week.

The lockdown will bring back unhappy memories of winter 2020 when most ski areas in Victoria only managed to open for a few days all winter, whilst those over the border in New South Wales were able to open for most of the winter if they wished, although some opted not to. However most ski areas in Victoria have already been open more days in 2021 than they were in 2020.

Ski areas in Victoria are currently receiving heavy snowfall meaning conditions should be great if they do re-open next week. Falls Creek pictured top and below.

  1. Baz

    20th July 2021 9:47 pm

    This should not be a surprise to anyone. Just look at the mess in the UK currently. So called Freedom Day was on Monday. The same day we have Boris Johnson going into self isolation because the NHS test and trace pinged him. He is double vaccinated and already has acquired immunity which will be better than the vaccinations…. Not to mention that if you are vaccinated and travel to France you still have to do 10 days QT on arrival back in the UK??? WTF right… If this is what you are “supposed to do” when you are immune to this disease, tell me…. when will any of this ever end?

  2. Baz

    22nd July 2021 9:16 pm

    And the hysterical ridiculousness of it all keeps on going. Inanity has finally taken over completely in Australia. This week, one man in his 80s died, shock horror a man in his 80s died this week…. that is news is it, one man in their 80s dying… Anyway, because one man in his 80s died this week, 1 million residents, that’s right kids 1 million residents of Sydney are no longer allowed to leave their homes and have lost their liberty and ability to go to work again. I am surprised they haven’t all got their kangaroo shooting AK47s out and gone round to see the government… Unbelievably hysterical. If you don’t laugh about the absurdity of this I’m not sure there is any helping you. I am impressed that the people imposing this and reporting on it can do so without bursting into fits of laughter.

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