Coronavirus in Switzerland: Ticino, Vaud and Fribourg close all schools

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Coronavirus in Switzerland: Ticino, Vaud and Fribourg close all schools
The border between Italy and the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP

The Ticino government decided on Friday morning to close all compulsory schools in the canton as of Monday March 16th. Vaud and Fribourg announced the same move.


After Ticino, cantonal authorities in Vaud and Fribourg announced on Friday the closure of all schools to fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The measure will remain in effect until the end of April.

All cantons are setting up childcare facilities for students who can’t remain at home.

The move in Ticino, the canton hardest hit by the outbeak, came after declaration made on Wednesday evening, which said that all 'non-compulsory' public and private schools will be closed, as will nightclubs, cinemas, gyms and ski areas. 

The emergency is set to run until the end of March. Approximately 130 people have been confirmed as carrying the virus in the canton, while one person has died. 

READ: Ticino authorities call ‘crisis meeting' to discuss school closures

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Ticino State Councillor Raffaele de Rosa said on Wednesday that the spread of the virus could not be stopped, but that “we can try and slow it down”. 

“The situation is serious and delicate”. 

Ticino is the only canton to make such a declaration, however Geneva also put in place several restrictions on Wednesday including no events above 100 people. 

Cinemas would be allowed to remain open, but only if every second seat is left empty. 

The World Health Organisation officially designated the coronavirus as a pandemic on Tuesday evening, with more than 120,000 cases worldwide and 4,300 deaths. 

Border closures

On Wednesday nine border crossings between Switzerland and Italy were closed, but a complete closure of the border has been avoided up until this point. They are listed below, along with the suggested replacement crossings. 

Pedrinate -> Chiasso strada (Ponte Chiasso)

Ponte Faloppia -> Novazzano Brusata (Bizzarone), Chiasso strada 

Novazzano Marcetto -> Novazzano Brusata (Bizzarone), Chiasso strada

San Pietro di Stabio -> Stabio Gaggiolo 

Ligornetto Cantorn -> Stabio Gaggiolo

Arzo -> Stabio Gaggiolo, Brusino Arsizio

Ponte Cremenaga -> Fornasette o Ponte Tresa

Cassinone -> Fornasette

Indemini -> Dirinella (Zenna)




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