HUNTER – Hunter Mountain will require all patrons aged 12 and over at its cafeteria-style restaurants to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Use of other resort facilities, including full-service restaurants, will not require guests to be vaccinated.
As ski resorts prepare for the winter season, Hunter Mountain has released its COVID-19 safety protocols, which also include wearing face coverings in all indoor environments. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, in ski lifts or on chairlifts or gondolas.
âAs a business, the health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,â said Adam White, senior manager of Resort Communications, Northeast Region. âWe are fortunate that the heart of our activity takes place outdoors in beautiful and vast mountain landscapes. However, as we welcome guests from around the world to the indoor experience of our resorts, we believe it is important to do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our guests, employees safe. and communities. “
Proof of vaccination will only be required at indoor mountain quick-service restaurants, White said.
Vaccines will also be required for guests 12 and older in the resort’s school ski-and-ride programs that serve lunch, according to the company’s website.
âThese are higher volume, higher density locations with cafeteria style settings and seating options for multiple people,â White said. âWe believe this vaccine requirement will reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in these unique settings and protect our guests and their families as well as employees. “
Hunter Mountain has not specified what will be considered proof of vaccination at this time and expects to release more information as the winter season approaches, according to the website.
The requirement will not apply to other restaurants in the resort.
âProof of vaccination is not required at our full-service restaurants which are more spacious with party-specific seating, providing natural physical distance and capacity management,â White said.
The vaccination requirement is in line with other large indoor events, he added.
“Consistent with the approaches taken by many other large-scale indoor events and venues, we believe this requirement is necessary given the number of guests using these facilities and the fact that guests will not be wearing face coverings while eating and while drinking, âWhite said. .
All security protocols at Hunter Mountain are subject to change depending on the state of the pandemic, he added.
All employees at the resort must also be vaccinated and perform daily health checks, according to the company’s website.
Greene County administrator Shaun Groden has been contacted by a representative from the complex as a courtesy to advise the county of plans regarding vaccination requirements, Groden said.
âI had a discussion with the General Manager of Hunter Mountain on Friday. He advised me [the vaccine requirement]”Groden said.” You can still ski, but if you go to a restaurant you have to show proof. You can get on an elevator line and a chairlift, but only by entering the restaurant that you are required to show proof of vaccination.
Groden said he was not aware of any other business in Greene County requiring proof of vaccination on entry, but that businesses are not required to notify the county of their intention.
âThey don’t need our approval,â Groden said.
Chip Seamans, president and CEO of Windham Mountain, said no decision on safety protocols for the upcoming winter season has been made.
âWe are looking at all options and have yet to finalize our winter plans,â Seamans said on Monday. âIn a few weeks we may have a definitive answer, but we are watching it closely right now. “
Hunter Mountain is owned by Colorado-based Vail Resorts, which operates 34 resorts in North America, according to the company’s website. The same COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all stations in the national chain.