The first snow has already fallen and a romantic, untouched winter landscape is unfolding outside. Inside, we attentively follow the latest developments regarding travel regulations and COVID case numbers. Of course, we are keen to welcome our guests and our team back to the Plunhof as soon as we can and to see our hotel once again full of life and laughter. But these are extraordinary times, and we must have patience.
At the moment, there is a complex maze of travel restrictions and warnings across Europe and the Italian government has likewise issued regulations for travellers entering from the EU, Switzerland and the UK between the 10th and 21st of December. Even stricter rules will be in force from the 21st of December to the 6th of January. For non-essential travel (essential travel includes work, study, or health) there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Travellers cannot “test themselves out of this”. Travelling within Italy and leaving Italy is also prohibited during this period. The only exceptions are border commuters and travellers passing through Italy. This difficult step is necessary in order to relax the situation in the longer term. We hope that once again, by joining forces and with great collective discipline, the spread of the virus will be brought under control.
Looking back, we can say that this year we and our team have learned a great deal about putting safety plans in place – and about flexibility, too. We are therefore confidently preparing to open on the 7th January and to welcome our first guests. Our mountains, which have surrounded the Ridnaun valley since time immemorial and are currently covered in deep snow, will still be there in January for ski tours, winter hikes, downhill and cross-country skiing and all the rest.
We will keep you informed about the latest developments in South Tyrol and wish you a wonderful Christmas, wherever you spend it!
The Volgger family