The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19

The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.

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There are plans to start relaxing the lockdown in Italy, starting gradually on different weeks starting on May 4th. Some people are starting to think on how they will vacation on the mountains and the beach. Beach private clubs are thinking on how installing the different tents with social distancing.

Photo by Giorgio Rodano- Rifugio Giogo Lungo- Lekjöchlhütte at 2603 m over the valico Giogo Lungo in the Sudtirol (South Tyrol) province. Club Alpino Italiano. The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.
Photo by Giorgio Rodano- Rifugio Giogo Lungo- Lekjöchlhütte at 2603 m over the valico Giogo Lungo in the Sudtirol (South Tyrol) province. Club Alpino Italiano. The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.

In the mountains, I’ve read that at first, they were thinking on not opening the rifugios, but today I’ve read on the Corriere della Sera that the Club Alpino Italiano is planning on how to open during COVID19 times.

Summer in the Italian Mountains

The Club Alpino Italiano has 326 facilities in all the country. They are planning in putting Covid kits with oximeters and ozonators to purify the air.

The ozonators are very quick and easy to use and is a product that does not leave odours such as chlorine or alcohol. These are now in phase of production now.

The CAI is thinking of getting everyone to bring their own sleeping bags and light tents, and for big rifugios to allow people to eat in different times, and clean thoroughly between seatings, and clean sanitaries often. They are talking also of providing baskets with dinners to the different tents, so as to avoid people being in cramming conditions indoors.  Shelters with two or four rooms for families could be used for a family group.

The “Covid Kit” will comprise a non-touch thermometer to measure the fever of those clients who are not well and also the oximeter that will measure the concentration of oxygen in the blood. The most important thing would be the ozonator that will be a sort of portable sanitiser that will destroy all bacteria and virus after each use of the family rooms and the common areas such as dining room and corridors.

Lake and Rifugio Coston in Passo dello Stelvio, photo by Giorgio Rodano. Club Alpino Italiano. The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.
Lake and Rifugio Coston in Passo dello Stelvio, photo by Giorgio Rodano. Club Alpino Italiano. The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.

To facilitate the access, people will need to book their overnight stays, leave their backpacks and coats at the entrance and wash their hands and faces as soon as they arrive.

As Covid19 situation changes daily, these measures might change.

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Corriere della Sera

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Featured Image: Club Alpino Italiano- Photo by giorgio Rodano – Rifugio Bonatti with views to the Monte Bianco. The plans for reopening the mountain huts (rifugios) during summer in the Italian Alps in times of COVID19.

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