German ski resort opens amid restrictions

Skiers wearing face masks were seen riding chair lifts and getting onto cable cars as officials strictly enforced so called 2G rules which mean only people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from the illness have access to the slopes.

Klaus Schanda, spokesman for the local cable car operator, said his team had learned in the past "not to plan too much ahead."

"We are enjoying the day today and we are ensuring all measures are carried out so that we can operate the ski lifts. What happens tomorrow we can't say at this point."

"It's like a dream up here this morning. With this weather it's perfect," said skier Kai-uwe spanka

Hours later, the state premier of Bavaria, where the Zugspitze is located, announced a lockdown for unvaccinated people from next week and for everyone in Bavaria's coronavirus hot spots.

Friday's ski season opening at Zugspitze coincided with comments from German Health Minister Jens Spahn who said the country's coronavirus situation was so grave that a nationwide lockdown, including for people who have been vaccinated, could not be ruled out.

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