French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Feb. 7 that the country’s ski facilities will not be allowed to re-open on Feb. 8, as previously planned, but failed to specify a new opening date, while indicating that the government will take the traditional February school holidays into account. Meanwhile, the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed a ministerial order that postpones the reopening of the country’s ski facilities to Jan. 18. The reopening was originally scheduled for Jan. 7, but the guidelines that regional authorities had submitted for this purpose at the end of November had not fully convinced the Technical Scientific Committee (CTS), which recommended tighter restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.