Vienna, Sept. 18 (BNA): Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is promising a safe ski season, said dpa international.
If the coronavirus situation gets worse, only vaccinated guests will get access to apres-ski establishments, he said in an interview with the Funke Media Group published on Saturday.
In Austria, 70 per cent of people over age 12 are vaccinated and most tourists are too, he said.
"So in that respect, nothing is standing in the way of a safe holiday in Austria," he said.
The Austrian party and ski destination of Ischgl became a coronavirus hotspot in 2020. On Friday, a trial began over the spread of coronavirus from the Tyrolean ski resort to other parts of Europe at the start of the pandemic.
The first infections were identified in Ischgl in March 2020.
A group of relatives of those who died from Covid-19 after visiting Ischgl are seeking damages.
Their lawyer argues that Kurz and Austrian officials failed to take adequate measures to protect people's health at the start of the pandemic. The Austrian state rejects the case and says authorities acted correctly with the knowledge they had at the time.
Kurz said in the interview that a safe winter will be ensured with rules that mean hotels and restaurants are only available to those who are vaccinated against the coronavirus, have recovered from the virus or have been tested negative.