Police and local health authorities found the tourists after checking 44 hotels and lodges
Brits are among 96 people facing large fines after they were caught breaking Covid restrictions at a top ski resort in Austria.
Officers found 133 people in 44 hotels and lodges in St Anton am Arlberg, a ski region in the western province of Tyrol.
Ski lifts are open but hotels are only allowed to welcome people travelling for business purposes.
Some of those present were ordered to take coronavirus tests, while a total of 96 people now face fines of up to €2,180 (£1,900), Sky News reports.
People from Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Germany, Australia, Ireland and Poland were also found breaking restrictions at the resort.
St Anton’s mayor Helmut Mall said some visitors involved in the incident had registered local business addresses and said they are looking for work, even though there are no jobs available.
Austria, which went into a third lockdown on Boxing Day, has recorded 413,208 cases and 7,703 deaths in the pandemic.
New rules were recently introduced requiring arrivals to quarantine in order to discourage people from coming for ski breaks.
Daily new cases have dropped to around 1,500 from a peak of more than 9,000 in November but are falling slowly now.
Ski lifts in St Anton am Arlberg are open but hotels are only supposed to welcome business travellers (Picture: Getty Images)
District Police Commander Obstlt Christoph Patigler, has warned the police will not tolerate rule-breaking.
He said: ‘Anyone who tries to circumvent the strict legal situation must expect that they will meet the full severity of the law.’
It comes after hundreds of British tourists rushed back to the UK from ski resorts in Switzerland just before Christmas after being told they had to quarantine if they wanted to stay.
Europe is still holding elite ski competitions after the pandemic cut last year’s ski season short and slowed income.
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