The high incidence is calculated on the population of Kitzbühel and not on the number of guests. Over New Year’s Eve, however, the number of people in Kitzbühel will triple, explained Harisch in the “Zib2”. But now the “January hole” has begun and many companies are closed. The numbers would therefore fall very quickly anyway, according to Harisch.
Why have the numbers in Tyrol increased so much in the first place? The “biggest problem” on the holidays was the early curfew at 10:00 pm, the hotelier states. That drove people into private meetings. “And that is where the infections took place,” said Harisch. He appealed to postpone curfew. “But even so, the numbers will drop massively in the next 14 days because there are simply far, far fewer people in the tourist destinations.”
When asked about the allegations that the ski areas are more relaxed about the rules, Harisch states that Kitzbühel tests twice as much as the national average.
Harisch did not see the Hahnenkamm race taking place next week at risk either. This takes place under an “enormous safety concept”, the Kitzbühel ski club is voluntarily reducing the number of guests by half to 1000. It will be “the safest Hahnenkamm race in the history of the Hahnenkamm races”.