The Austrian luxury ski resort of Kitzbühel wants to take sharp action against après-ski parties that have been banned due to the corona pandemic.
Kitzbühel – The Austrian luxury ski resort of Kitzbühel wants to take sharp action against après-ski parties that have been banned due to the corona pandemic. The district authority announced on Tuesday that outdoor catering would have to remain closed until the end of the week – including during the traditional men’s World Cup ski races at the weekend. In addition, police patrols should “move through the city in a continuous loop” to control pubs and bars, district captain Michael Berger told the ORF broadcaster. The stricter measures were triggered by a video of an après-ski party.
Bar operations and serving without assigned seats are currently prohibited in all Austrian restaurants. An entrepreneur who was a guest in a bar in Kitzbühel shared footage of crowded revelers online a few days ago. A wave of indignation followed. “This is totally unacceptable. We cannot tolerate something like that,” said Kitzbühel Mayor Klaus Winkler. Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger warned that restaurateurs would have to pay back Corona aid if they did not follow the rules.
Some ski regions in Austria have the highest seven-day incidences in the Alps. In the Kitzbühel district, the number of infections with the corona virus per 100,000 inhabitants was around 3,600 – almost three times the national value. According to the state health agency Ages, 70 to 80 percent of corona infections in the leisure sector in Austria can be traced back to local visits by skiers. (dpa)