On 25 July 2022, the Higher Regional Court of Vienna held that Austrian authorities were responsible for “illegal and culpable information” when, in March 2020, they communicated – or, more precisely, failed to communicate – about the spread of COVID-19 in the ski resort of Ischgl.
The Austrian ski town became a COVID-19 hotspot at the outset of the pandemic. The authorities had explained that Icelandic tourists had been infected during their return home, but they knew the tourists had shown symptoms while still in Ischgl.
The court held that a German tourist was entitled to compensation as a consequence, overturning a lower court decision and opening the way for new compensation claims. While the court referred the case back to the lower court, it can still be appealed to the Supreme Court.