November 29, 2020 - The winter tourist season is under question due to the epidemiological situation, but experts claim the problem would not be skiing, but gatherings that usually follow this sporting activity.
Measures against the spread of coronavirus, which are prescribed by the National Coordinating Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT), such as a distance of two meters, wearing masks, and regular disinfection, are not easy to follow on ski resorts. However, according to the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro (IJZ), skiing as an individual sport is not a risk, but gatherings that usually follow, are.
"As an individual sport, skiing does not pose an epidemiological risk. Also, the equipment that is worn during skiing helps to a very great extent to prevent the transmission of the infection. What poses an epidemiological risk are gatherings after skiing in cafes and bars along the trail. Activities of this type carry significant epidemiological risk, "said the IJZ.
As for this winter tourist season, which many believe may not happen, the Institute says that this depends solely on compliance with the prescribed epidemiological measures that are currently in force throughout Montenegro.
"When it comes to the winter tourist season, IJZCG wants to believe that we all understand that the improvement of the epidemiological situation depends exclusively on respect for the adopted measures. "We have the opportunity to create conditions in which we will be able to have a good winter season by respecting the measures, but we will strictly respect all official recommendations," they said.
The director of the Ski Center "Kolašin 1600", Sasa Jeknić, says that, despite the current situation with the coronavirus, this Ski Center is ready to welcome guests.
"The opening of the winter tourist season is planned for mid-December, which depends on the snow cover and measures adopted by NKT to suppress and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic," Jeknić said in an interview with the PCNEN portal.
He adds that they operate with the belief that "the situation will significantly improve by the opening of the winter tourist season."
Source: T. Djurnic, PCNEN