Ukrainians flock to nearby ski vacation resort, with numerous European resorts shut to curb coronavirus unfold

An aerial view displays the ski resort Bukovel in Ivano-Frankivsk Location

POLIANYTSIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s greatest ski vacation resort Bukovel in the Carpathian mountains is fully booked right until the conclude of 12 months as Ukrainians have sped to it rather of other foreign resorts that have been shut because of to coronavirus-joined limits throughout Europe.

Bukovel’s administration reported the resort experienced currently been booked at 80% potential through January. Bukovel, which sits 920 meters (3,000 feet) higher than sea amount and covers five mountains in western Ukraine, draws in two million readers each and every 12 months.

    A tourist from Kyiv, Anton Luzhnyh, claimed he utilised to go to France to ski.

    “Why am I in this article? Because international ski resorts are shut. It is lockdown there. Probably they will be reopened in February, then we will go there,” Luzhnyh advised Reuters.

    Resorts and ski slopes in neighbouring Poland will also stay closed at least from Dec. 28 to Jan. 17.

    Unlike some European nations around the world, Ukraine did not tighten restrictions on the movement of its people inside of the region to curb the distribute of the coronavirus in excess of the Christmas and New Yr period.

    Instead, stringent lockdown actions, which contain the closure of schools, cafes, dining establishments, fitness centers and leisure centres and a ban on mass gatherings, will be in power from Jan. 8-24.

    That has arrive as a relief to Ukraine’s tourism sector, the place solutions are in high desire in excess of the getaway year. For illustration, much of the populace in the village of Polianytsia, the closest to the Bukovel vacation resort, depends on tourism jobs.

(Composing by Margaryta Chornokondratenko Reporting by Sergiy Karazy Editing by Bernadette Baum)