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Last updated: 21:14 CET, 01 August 2020
Italy started to ease the quarantine on May 11 following the continuing normalization of the situation both in the country and in Europe overall. Inside the country, the situation has been brought back to normal in most aspects of the life. Travel restrictions inside the country were lifted on June 3.
By August 01, the number of infected persons in Italy has fallen to 12.457 nationwide. Of them, 43 patients were in intensive care units, 705 patients were hospitalized with symptoms, 11.709 persons remained in isolation without symptoms or with mild symptoms. Currently and throughout the entire period of the Covid-19 epidemic, the cases concentrate in Lombardy – 5.955 infected persons as of August 01. Lombardy is a region with over 10 million population in the north-west with the administrative center in Milan. The Ministry of Health releases the statistics daily at http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/.
As of August 01, the number of infected persons in the Italian Alpine provinces is 99 in Trentino, 107 in South Tyrol, and 12 in Valle d’Aosta. The data is not available for the provinces of Belluno, Pordenone and Udine as their statistics is aggregated on the regional level, not per province. Throughout the epidemic, the numbers in their respective regions stood at a level of 25% – 35% of the numbers in the Trentino and South Tyrol provinces.
On June 3, Italy reopened the borders to travelers arriving from the EU countries, Schengen area countries and the UK.
On June 30, the Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Based on this recommendation, the EU member states can lift the travel restrictions for residents of a limited number of countries. Currently, the following countries in the list (updated by the EU Council on July 30):
The list of countries is reviewed and may be updated by the EU Council every two weeks. Countries may be added to the list or removed from it based on the actual epidemiological situation. The recommendations describe the criteria to determine countries for which the travel restrictions should be lifted. The EU Council press releases with the recommendations and criteria are available on the official website of the EU Council:
Hotels and huts opened in June as planned or with a minor delay versus their normal opening dates. A small number of privately owned huts will not open this summer. We have contacted our guests with reservations at those huts and offered alternative solutions. New regulations have been established for huts as a result of Covid-19. Please visit Covid-19: What Changes at Mountain Huts in 2020 for details.
We are currently accepting reservations of new trips for August, September and October. Until 20 days before the trip, the deposits are (1) fully refundable and (2) transferrable to a new date in the summer 2020 or to any date in the future if you choose to reschedule the trip. These booking terms apply regardless of whether the travel restrictions remain in force in Italy or in your country or in both countries.
Same eased conditions apply to the reservations made before Covid-19 as to the new ones. Deposits are fully refundable and transferrable to new dates until 20 days before the trip. We contact our registered guests 25-30 days before the trip to have their trip reconfirmed. If you booked a trip and you already know you cannot travel, please contact us – you can choose between a full refund and rescheduling to a new date.
Although there is new regulation that allows tour operators issue vouchers instead of offering refunds, we do not support this policy. In the 2020, MONT Trekking will continue offering the options of refund and rescheduling as of our guests’ choice.
We recommend scheduling trips for 2021 as early as possible. Many our guests and other hikers are rescheduling trips for the next summer already, and thus we expect private rooms at huts to be booked out earlier than in the past years.