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Corona and Mountain tours in Bavaria Update 07.06.20

As the lockdown rules are relaxing the mountain huts across Bavaria too will be starting operations over the coming weeks.
General information

The general schedule for those in Bavaria are in line with the gastronomy and hotel sector regulations:

  • From Monday 18th May – the outdoor areas of huts will be open
  • From Monday 25th May – guests may also go inside the huts
  • From Saturday 30th May – overnight stays are allowed again

The same hygiene protocol applies in huts as down in the valleys and the huts obviously have a fair bit of work to get themselves set up also to implement these measures. Therefore some may take longer to open this summer, or not open at all. As always its sensible to check before going on a tour if a hut is open if you are relying on it for food and if you are planning on staying you must book in advance,- due to restricted numbers, huts will not be permitted to take extra guests if they are full.

You can find an up-to-date list on the German Alpine Club website here:
https://www.alpenverein.de/bergsport/aktiv-sein/bergsport-in-coronazeiten/oeffnungstermine-der-alpenvereinshuetten_aid_33489

Mountain views

Dreaming of relaxing with these mountain views.

Current guidelines – visiting huts - outside areas

For visiting mountain huts in outside areas the following guidelines apply:

  • Same hand-washing principles as in the valley.
  • Adhere to the markings indicating seating and circulation through the area, as well as instructions from staff.
  • Staff will take contact details of guests in order to guarantee the chain of information in case of an infection.
  • The minimum distance between guests is 1.5m in all areas – queues, seating, toilet areas- unless you are with someone with whom contact is allowed.
  • Only visit a hut if you are in good health. As with anything now, if you are feeling any symptons associated with breathing, cough or fever, stay at home!
  • Don’t forget your facemask. Same as in the city, this should be worn at all times in the inside and outside areas unless you are sat at the table, then this isn’t necessary. A scarf and buff do the job too.
  • Be prepared to be patient. Huts will be working at reduced capacity, with greater regulations and potentially less tables, so on busy weekends there may be a wait to be seated, served etc. They will be happy to see you though and appreciate your custom in these unpredictable times, so just build in a bit of extra time so that you can relax and enjoy that tasty slice of Strudel or bowl of hearty Gulash.
  • Pack a few more snacks to keep the hangry monster fed and bring some more water- so that you can get by in case it doesn’t work with the hut.

The current Alpine hut set-up from arrival to table - clear information from arrival, hand disinfection, guided flow through the hut and social distance markings.

Mountain hut tours this summer

Due to the strict hygiene measures needed less huts than usual will be open this summer. Furthermore the capacity in huts will be greatly reduced.

What you need to know if you are planning a hut tour in the BAVARIAN ALPS:

  • Reserve your stay! Advance reservations are mandatory this summer in order to stay overnight. No spontaneous arrivals will be accepted.
  • Reservation confirmation needed: If you have already booked a hut stay- check the reservation. Due to the reduced capacity, some reservations may be cancelled.
  • Packing your rucksack: As well as your facemask, you will need to pack a warm sleeping bag (summer sleeping bag instead of hut sleeping bag) and pillow (tip: stuff clothing or down jacket into sleeping bag case to use as a pillow), bed liner (bivvay bag could be used here). No bedding (blankets, pillows) can be provided at the hut.
  • Observe the protocol: Each hut will have developed its own procedure for their guests- from entering/ exiting the hut, to use of washrooms and eating arrangements. These will be made clear at the entrance of the hut.
  • Keep your distance: Whether a small room or dorm max two households can share one room.

For more info see: https://www.alpenverein.de/bergsport/aktiv-sein/bergsport-in-coronazeiten/huetten-in-bayern-infos-fuer-besucher_aid_34949.html

To visualise how this will look, check out this short report from BR Fernsehen:
https://www.br.de/mediathek/video/corona-massnahmen-beschraenkungen-in-den-berghuetten-av:5ed0e761c2d4af0014824876

And in the AUSTRIAN ALPS:
  • Reserve your stay! Advance reservations are mandatory this summer in order to stay overnight. No spontaneous arrivals will be accepted.
  • Reservation confirmation needed: If you have already booked a hut stay- check the reservation. Due to the reduced capacity, some reservations may be cancelled.
  • Packing your rucksack: As well as your facemask, you will need to pack a warm sleeping bag (summer sleeping bag instead of hut sleeping bag) and pillow (tip: stuff clothing or down jacket into sleeping bag case to use as a pillow), bed liner (bivvay bag could be used here). No bedding (blankets, pillows) can be provided at the hut.
  • Keep your distance: 2m between beds or installed dividers between the beds in dorms and multi-bed rooms
  • No limit on numbers at a table
  • From 15th June lifting of restriction of facemasks in public areas

For more info see: https://www.alpenverein.at/portal/news/aktuelle_news/2020/2020_05_05_corona-huetten-sommer.php

And in the ITALIAN SOUTH TYROL:
  • Reserve your stay! Advance reservations are mandatory this summer in order to stay overnight. No spontaneous arrivals will be accepted.
  • Reservation confirmation needed: If you have already booked a hut stay- check the reservation. Due to the reduced capacity, some reservations may be cancelled.
  • Packing your rucksack: As well as your facemask, you will need to pack a warm sleeping bag (summer sleeping bag instead of hut sleeping bag) and pillow (tip: stuff clothing or down jacket into sleeping bag case to use as a pillow), bed liner (bivvay bag could be used here). No bedding (blankets, pillows) can be provided at the hut.
  • Keep your distance: 2m between beds or installed dividers between the beds in dorms and multi-bed rooms
  • More info to come…

Social distancing

Social distancing on our first Trail Fit Club hike of the season – May 2020

Guidelines for group hikes

In the meantime, we are thrilled to be back in action, as group events with up to up to 9 people (max 8 + guide for us – sometimes less depending on the event) are allowed again. For group events of this kind the following applies:

  • Health is No1: Head out only if you feel fit and healthy- i.e. if you have any suspicion that you may be suffering from symptoms of the corona virus (breathing difficulties, cough, fever), even on the morning of the tour, don’t go!
  • Be prepared: Bring your face mask and hand sanitizer. Keep your facemask handy when hiking. Please bring plenty of water.
  • Social distancing on tour: Adhere to the social distancing guidelines – keeping a 1.5m distance to other group members and hikers. In instances where this is not possible- ie. looking over a map, emergency situation- have your facemask handy, so that you can slip it on easily.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact: Replace the handshakes, hugs and summit high 5s with hiking boot taps!
  • Hygiene: Avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer before applying sun cream and eating/ drinking. Wash your hands well as soon as you can.

At 4elements we will be implementing all these new measures which are part of our Hygiene, Health & Safety Concept. This will be shared with you upon booking and we will update you as anything changes.

Further information on Corona Virus measures in Germany and Bavaria:

Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – German Alpine Club

Recommended behaviour measures in the mountains in the time of Corona:
https://www.alpenverein.de/bergsport/aktiv-sein/empfehlungen-des-dav-zum-bergsport-in-zeiten-des-coronavirus_aid_34920

Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

Information about Coronavirus in Bavaria:
https://www.corona-katastrophenschutz.bayern.de/faq

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZGA)

Behaviour measures & FAQ:
https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/

Robert Koch-Institut (RKI)

General info in English:
https://www.rki.de/EN/

Risk evaluation:
https://www.rki.de/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikobewertung

Bundesregierung

Aktuelle Infos:
https://www.bundesregierung.de/coronavirus

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