Zurich: Nightclubs to collect personal information and refuse ‘guests with signs of a cold’

Zurich: Nightclubs to collect personal information and refuse 'guests with signs of a cold'
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A guidance issued by the Bar and Club Commission of Zurich has encouraged nightclubs and bars in the city to keep the personal information of all attendees while also refusing entry to anyone who appears visibly ill.

After Zurich cantonal authorities on Wednesday issued a set of recommendations which included staying away from nightclubs, the city’s peak representative body of nightlife venues has issued a guidance document to minimise the risk of infection for attendees. 

The guidance, which was issued on Thursday afternoon, includes refusing entry to people who appear ill or who have travelled to high-risk areas recently, as well as collecting contact details and other personal information from all attendees. 


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The Bar and Club Commission says that while closing all clubs in the canton “would be an effective means (of stopping the spread of the virus), it would go beyond the scope of what is necessary”. 

“Closing the clubs represents a very far-reaching measure to contain SARS COVID-19 and presents entrepreneurs with existential questions. In the interest of proportionality, the BCK examined milder measures”. 

As reported in Swiss newspaper Watson, some clubs have already taken the suggested steps. The Mascotte club in Zurich said that attendees would be refused entry unless they provided their personal information at the entrance or via the club’s app. 

The club also required attendees to answer whether they had been to a high-risk area including “northern Italy, Asia including China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Singapore” and whether they felt sick. 

All club attendees needed to bring valid ID to prove their identity, as well as carry a mobile phone at all times. 


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