Coronavirus in Argentina | Snow is a lonely party in Bariloche

The city of Bariloche is still under heavy snow, with several continuous days of precipitation. It is a snowstorm from below, which enters from the Atlantic Ocean with winds from the east. They are stronger in cities and on access routes to the Andean zone because it snows in the heights of 500 to 1000 meters. This exceptional climatic condition, however, cannot be exploited for the long-awaited tourist season due to the coronavirus quarantine, which prevents the arrival of Argentine and foreign visitors. Not even Barilochens can access mountain areas and sports centers because they are still socially detached. Just starting next Monday, July 20 Access to the hills and ski centers could be enabled for the residents.

But with heavy snowfalls also come complications. In urban areas, the accumulation of snow complicates the movement of people, with impassable streets. If you follow this picture, many neighborhoods may be isolated. There were also cuts in the national route 40 towards the city of Neuquen and towards the area of The Baggins. In the city you must use chains on the wheels of cars and to access the mountain area with 4 x 4 vehicles. Meteorologists also warn that it is getting very cold from the Pacific Ocean, with heavy snowfall in the Andes Mountains. . This suggests that July will be a very rigorous month.

As for the question of the high tourist season, the forecasts for Bariloche are catastrophic from the economic point of view. The quarantine prevents the arrival of Argentine and foreign visitors to the city. Only from next Monday, July 20, the residents of Bariloche could leave the social distance and access the mountain areas. But obviously this is not enough for a city of 170 thousand inhabitants that in a large percentage, about 65 thousand, they live from tourism directly. The Bariloche Chamber of Tourism estimated a loss of $ 750 million in the month of June. And for this month of July, which is usually always expected the arrival of Brazilian tourists and student contingents, the outlook will be worse. The governor of Río Negro, Arabela Carreras, promised to declare the Andean zone as “state of disaster”. Last week the tourist and commercial emergency in the province, through a DNU. The private sector claims tax exemption, extensions and deferrals of rates.