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Autumn in Kleinwalsertal, Hiking(c) Dominik Berchtold - Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
For a relaxing holiday in spite of the coronavirus pandemic

Rules of conduct

Excellent collaboration between host establishments and guests is essential during the coronavirus pandemic. While there are rules to follow, it all boils down to making a conscientious effort to take care of one another. For your own health, the health of other guests, and the health of your hosts, we urge you to take responsibility for yourself and your family!

Accommodation & Gastronomy


It’s really quite simple: Social distancing and hygiene!

During your holiday, keep a safe distance of at least 1 metre from other people and follow the general rules of hygiene.  Masks are compulsory at accommodation providers and in restaurants and bars throughout the federal state.
When staying overnight in communal sleeping rooms at mountain huts, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained or the risk of infection must be minimised by partitioning the rooms.  When staying overnight at a hut, you will need your own pillowcase and sleeping bag (light down or summer sleeping bag – not a sleeping bag liner). Please inform yourself about the specific current rules at the respective hut when making your reservation. The minimum distance does not apply to a group of guests,  (i.e. family or friends travelling together) who are staying together at the same place (e.g. in a holiday apartment).

Wherever necessary, Vorarlberg’s host establishments have adapted their hygiene and cleaning concepts to the new coronavirus regulations. In the guest rooms, guests will again receive instructions in order to better maintain a safe distance. The consumption of food and drinks in indoor areas where they are served is only allowed when customers are seated at a table. The rule that the consumption of food and drinks in restaurants, cafes and bars is only permitted when seated will be extended to cover outdoor areas before the winter season begins. Maximum number of adults seated at a table: 6 indoor, 12 outdoor (valid from 23 october 2020 on).

Guest registration in all catering establishments in Vorarlberg is mandatory from 23 october 2020 on.

Book a table in advance!
Please reserve a table before your planned visit to a bar or restaurant to make it easier for the hosts to prepare and comply with the coronavirus precautions.

Pfänderbahn, Bergbahn, Seilbahn, Panorama Bodensee, V-CARD Vorarlberg (c) Otmar Heidegger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Wellnesshotel Die Wälderin, Mellau, Restaurant (c) diewaelderin.at

Cable cars, recreational facilities & excursions, events

Establishments have implemented distance and hygiene measures as well as the recommendations of the health ministry. Such measures also apply to wellness and fitness areas at the accommodations. The general rules of conduct for guests are as follows:
Keep a minimum distance of 1 metre from other people! Note: During sports, the distance must be at least 2 metres. We highly recommend to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in crowded places. Observe the rules of hygiene: regularly wash your hands carefully, do not shake hands, and sneeze or cough into your elbow.

From Friday, 23 October larger events will only be permitted with assigned seats. It is mandatory to wear a mask while seated.

Where are masks required?

It is mandatory to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in public transport and in the gondolas of the cable cars.  The same rules as for public transport also apply to excursions by bus, ship or (museum) train. More info is available here.

Masks are compulsory at accomodation providers (in all publicly accessible rooms), restaurants, post offices and bank branches, supermarkets, shops, pharmacies and at events.

Winter im Brandnertal (c) Sporthotel Beck
Skigebiet Schetteregg 2019 (c) Emanuel Sutterlüty, Egger Liftegesellschaft

Safe Winter Tourism in Austria – Winter Rules

state of data 20.10.2020

Advent and Christmas markets

  • It is mandatory to wear masks
  • Regulation of the numbers of visitors
  • Preventive measures (e.g. distances between stalls) for operators, staff and visitors
  • COVID-19 officer

Après Ski

  • A minimum of 1 metre distance between customers from different groups of visitors
  • The rule that the consumption of food and drinks in restaurants, cafes and bars is only permitted when seated will be extended to cover outdoor areas before the winter season begins.

Gastronomy

  • A maximum of 6 persons (plus children and young people under the age of 18) per group of visitors indoor, 12 outdoor
  • Opening and closing hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Vorarlberg, 1 a.m. in other provinces
  • No consumption of food and drinks in the immediate vicinity of the place where they are prepared
  • The consumption of food and drinks in indoor areas where they are served is only allowed when customers are seated at a table
  • The rule that the consumption of food and drinks in restaurants, cafes and bars is only permitted when seated will be extended to cover outdoor areas before the winter season begins
  • A minimum of 1 metre distance between points (e.g. tables) where food and drinks can be consumed, and one metre distance to customers from different groups of visitors
  • Face coverings/masks are obligatory in indoor areas for staff and customers. This does not apply to customers when seated at tables where food and drinks are consumed.

Cable cars

  • A minimum of 1 metre distance to persons should be maintained during queuing
  • Obligation to wear a face covering/mask
  • If necessary, the operating companies should enable customers to keep 1 metre distance to each other by limiting capacity, especially in the case of cable cars

Skiing schools

  • Maximum group sizes of 10 persons
  • A minimum of 1 metre distance to persons who do not live in the same household
  • Obligatory face coverings in the customer areas of the skiing school.