By now we’re all aware that Italy is on lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, including a ministerial decree to close all ski resorts in the country. Here’s some reactions to the closures from tourists and locals alike. The translations to the interviews in Italian are below:
“We are experiencing a surreal situation in Cortina. We have beautiful slopes, snow, very good days but unfortunately, because a virus, we are on our knees, we are stopping everything. We sincerely hope that in 15-20 days the problem will be solved and maybe people can go back to skiing because here in Cortina you can ski until May 3rd” –Italian National Team Bobsleigh Coach Roberto D’Amico.
“I am over 60 years old, my mother tells me that not even in wartime was there such an emergency of this kind. I hope this is not a general test for some form of dictatorship.” –Local High School Teacher Alessandro Barozzi