Vail Resorts to require indoor masks, vaccination for winter employees
DOVER - Vail Resorts announced its winter operating plan for the 2021 to 2022 ski-and-ride season.
Mountain access: Vail Resorts will not have a mountain reservation system this season and will load lifts and gondolas at normal capacity, optimizing guest movement around its resorts.
Face coverings: Face coverings will be required in indoor settings. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, in lift lines, or on chairlifts or gondolas, unless required by local public health.
Dining and reservations: Like last season, guests will be required to book a reservation to eat at many on-mountain restaurants.
Dining and vaccinations: Guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to dine at indoor, on-mountain, quick-service (cafeteria-style) restaurants. Proof of vaccination will be required for guests ages 12 and over at those locations. This requirement includes those guests 12 and over in ski-and-ride school programs that include lunch. More details on the verification process will be released ahead of the season on resort websites. Consistent with many other large-scale indoor activities and venues, Vail Resorts believes the vaccine requirement is important for the protection of its guests and employees, given the number of people using these facilities and the fact that guests will not be wearing face coverings while eating and drinking. This is currently the only part of the resort experience that will require proof of vaccination, unless required by local public health.
Employee safety: All Vail Resorts employees will be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations for their safety and protection as well as the safety and protection of guests and resort communities, and in compliance with the recent rules announced under the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Indoor face coverings, enhanced hygiene practices, daily employee health screenings, and other health and safety measures will also continue. All safety protocols outlined in Vail Resorts’ 2021 to 2022 winter operating plan are subject to change based on the evolving nature of the pandemic as well as federal, state, and local public health guidelines.
The season will kick off at Mount Snow on Friday, November 19, with Okemo opening the next day. All resort opening dates can be found at https://news.vailresorts.com/.