Are Ski Areas Responsible for the Spread of COVID-19?
Skiers are suing Austrian resort Ischgl for exposing them to the virus.
Straddling the border between Austria and Switzerland, the Ischgl ski resort is sometimes called “Ibiza of the Alps.” With over 30 lifts and a lively après-ski scene, Ischgl is now facing a lawsuit by over 2,500 skiers for knowingly exposing them to the coronavirus. As of March 19, roughly 40 percent of Norway’s coronavirus cases could be traced back to the Austrian resort, as well as cases in Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.
In early March, some travelers returning from vacations at the Austrian resort began testing positive for COVID-19. On March 4, the Icelandic government added Ischgl to its list of COVID-19 hotspots, also included China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Still, the town and slopes remained open for another nine days, until March 13. Bars were open until March 9.