The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts

Meanwhile, Miami Beach and Georgia make changes to prevent infection
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2020 5:15 PM CDT
The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts
In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo, skiers wave off of the Big Burn lift at Aspen Snowmass Mountain in Colorado.   (Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP, File)

Ski resorts in the US are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end, the AP reports. Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with only people they know as they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Nearly every resort is promising extra cleanings of public spaces, more hand sanitizer stations, and vowing to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A few resorts have decided to close for the season. Still, some ski resorts are touting the popular winter activity as a relatively safe option for diversion as concerts, sporting events, and museums close. In other coronavirus news, all from the AP:

  • South Beach: Florida's famed South Beach has been closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Miami Beach officials ordered hundreds of college spring breakers and others from around the world off the beach Saturday as part of measures to prevent large gatherings.
  • Georgia primary: Georgia’s March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the coronavirus.
  • Child care: Millions of Americans braced for the week ahead with no school for their children for many days to come, no clue how to effectively do their jobs without child care, and a growing sense of dread about how to stay safe and sane amid the relentless spread of the coronavirus. Tens of millions of students nationwide have been sent home from school amid a wave of closings.
  • The world: Spain locked down its 46 million citizens Saturday and France ordered the closing of just about everything the rest of the world loves about it—the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes, restaurants, and cinemas. Meanwhile, China, where the scourge first appeared late last year, continued to relax its drastic restrictions, illustrating the way the center of gravity in the crisis has shifted westward toward Europe.
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