Day hikers are chased by German police from the ski slopes

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German police spent Sunday chasing day sneaks off the slopes of a closed ski resort

After hundreds of people flocked to Winterberg, east of Dusseldorf,

Defying calls from authorities to “stay at home”.

Winterberg has seen thousands of people rush in recent days, causing traffic jams and overcrowding in parking spaces.

Earlier in the day, police sought to block access to the town, but spokesman Sebastian Held said the area’s interconnected slopes, covering thousands of square miles, posed a challenge when trying to enforce strict regulations in Germany.

“Unfortunately, we saw again today that the announced ban on accessing the ski slopes did not stop many people from coming here anyway. That is why we had to close access roads here in consultation with the city. This means that we have constantly closed the main access roads to the ski slopes. Winterberg to prevent the slopes from filling up again. “

Authorities said they had recorded 176 violations of the wearing of masks and 94 violations of social distancing rules.

Germany will likely extend the national lockdown beyond January 10. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the region’s leaders are expected to agree to the extension when they meet on Tuesday. It is not clear how long the extension will last.

Video transcript

[SPEAKING GERMAN]

German police on Sunday spent a day chasing day loafers off the slopes of a closed ski resort, after hundreds of people flocked to Winterberg, east of Dusseldorf, defying calls from authorities to stay home. Winterberg has seen thousands of people rush in recent days, leading to traffic jams and crowded parking lots.

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Earlier in the day, police sought to block access to the city. But spokesman Sebastian Held said the region’s interconnected slopes, covering thousands of square miles, pose a challenge when trying to enforce tough regulations in Germany.

Sebastian Contract: [SPEAKING GERMAN]

Translator: Unfortunately, we saw again today that the announced ban on access to the ski slopes didn’t stop many people from coming here anyway. That is why we had to close access roads here in consultation with the city. This means that we have constantly closed the main access roads to Winterberg, in order to prevent the ski slopes from filling up again.

Authorities said they had recorded 176 violations of the wearing of masks and 94 violations of social distancing rules. Germany will likely extend its national lockdown beyond January 10. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the region’s leaders are expected to agree to the extension when they meet on Tuesday. It is not clear how long the extension will last.

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