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Covid-19: What Changed in Mountain Huts in 2020

Last updated: 13:35 CET, 09 November 2020

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, the Italian state and the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) established a new regulation for mountain huts for the summer 2020.

The regulation entered in force in June and was reviewed at the end of July but remained unchanged.

  • Requirement of an advance reservation for staying overnight. Guests without an advance reservation will be accepted in emergency situations only.
  • For guests, it is mandatory to have face a mask and hand sanitizers. Guests must wear a face mask when in common areas.
  • Guests must respect the social distancing rules both indoors and outdoors, e.g. on the restaurant terrace. The indoor areas for common use must be marked to ensure a minimal social distancing of 1 meter. One of the consequences of the social distancing requirement is that dinner may be served in shifts due to the reduced capacity of the restaurant.
  • Guests are responsible for arriving in good health. It is compulsory to communicate to the hut personnel any alarming symptom during the stay in the hut.
  • The group leader must communicate his or her contact phone number to the hut personnel upon check in.
  • Personal gear must be kept in an area indicated by the hut personnel.
  • Use of shared bathrooms and showers can be regulated with shifts, i.e. the hut personnel may allocate a timeslot for each guest or group.
  • Family members and groups with a single reservation are considered a unique unite and can sleep in a single room and eat at a common table without restrictions.
  • Dormitory can be occupied at a maximum of 1/3 of its capacity if it is shared by guests not being part of a single family or unit.
  • Hut manager is responsible for blankets being washed after each guest. It is impossible to meet this requirement in most huts. As a result, most huts will not provide blankets.
  • Given the above, use of a pillowcase and a sleeping bag is compulsory in shared and private rooms unless clean blankets and bed linen are provided (it will be communicated by the hut personnel).
  • It is compulsory to have clean personal footwear in huts, for example light slides. Most huts will not provide footwear as it is impossible for them to sanitize it after each use.

For the information and frequently asked questions about coronavirus Covid-19, MONT Trekking policy and booking terms, please visit Information Covid-19.