Portugal is new on the quarantine list. However, many Portuguese employees work in the winter sports areas in particular. Seasonal hotels and restaurants are facing a problem.

The seasonal businesses lack employees.

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Because many employees travel from Portugal in winter.

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But now the country is on the quarantine list.

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  • Swiss seasonal businesses lack staff.

  • Because many employees come from Portugal.

  • But the country is now on the quarantine list and the employees have to isolate themselves for ten days after entering the country.

The Federal Council has reintroduced the BAG quarantine list. There are now 23 countries (as of 2.12.) On it. The list hits Swiss tourism twice: on the one hand, foreign tourists cancel their vacation, and on the other hand, unskilled workers cannot enter.

Because, especially in the winter sports areas, many employees come from Portugal: They work in hotels and restaurants. All Portuguese employees now have to be quarantined for ten days: This is a problem for seasonal businesses that want to open in the next two weeks.

«Many employees in the hotel industry come from Portugal and have been coming to the winter season for decades Switzerland to work, ”says Andreas Züllig, President of the Hotelleriesuisse industry association. Now they have to be in quarantine for ten days.

During this time there is a lack of workers in the hotel, which is a problem: “In certain companies, up to a third of the employees are lost,” explains Züllig. In the worst case, this could mean that some hotels have to temporarily restrict their offer.

Quarantine prevents timely start

For example, the Hotel Prätschli in Arosa opens on Wednesday, December 8th and is fully booked from Friday, December 10th. Although many employees from Portugal have already made their way to Switzerland, they cannot start work on time due to the quarantine.

It is therefore unclear whether the hotel can start normally. “Maybe we will have to do a triage like in the hospitals because of a lack of staff,” says hotel director Christian Menet with a wink.

No return trip on the holidays.

>Many seasonal businesses now order employees from Portugal to Switzerland earlier, explains Kurt Baumgartner, operator of three hotels in Scuol. “As an annual company, we are lucky that our Portuguese employees are already here: But we had to impose a vacation stop.”

The employees can now not travel home over Christmas and are stuck in Switzerland. “It is of course very unpleasant that certain employees cannot celebrate the festive season with the family,” says Baumgartner.

Quarantine burdens hotels financially

The Berghotel Schatzalp in Davos was also lucky: the entire team from Portugal had been employed for cleaning work since the end of November. The employees, who are only employed until December 20th, have been informed.

“You will arrive on time and be able to spend the currently required quarantine in the hotel under supervision,” explains Paulo Bernardo, director of the hotel. Although the operation is not impaired, the entire effort is enormous and a further financial burden.

Test strategy instead of quarantine

The Portuguese employees are also missing in certain restaurants, as Gastrosuisse President Casimir Platzer confirms: “Our establishment in Kandersteg opens on December 17th. If the employees have to be in quarantine for ten days, we could only open certain areas on December 27th – that won't work. »

That is why all employees in Portugal have already been contacted that they will arrive earlier. Fortunately, most of them can comply with this request. Financially, the campaign is a setback, because ten working days have to be invested in the quarantine.

The quarantine list is extremely problematic and incomprehensible: “After all, people could come in with a negative PCR test,” said Platzer. The association is currently hoping for a rapid relaxation. It is hoped that a test strategy will be introduced instead.

This is the quarantine list:

Due to a new virus variant Omikron, countries are again on the quarantine list (as of December 2, 2021). These countries are written on it:

  • Egypt

  • Angola

  • Australia

  • Belgium

  • Botswana

  • Denmark

  • Eswatini

  • Hong KongIsrael

  • Japan

  • Canada

  • Lesotho

  • Malawi

  • Mozambique

  • Namibia

  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)

  • Nigeria

  • Portugal

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

  • South Africa

  • Czech Republic

  • United Kingdom

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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