Coronavirus: 56,000 turned away from Swiss border due to lockdown
Approximately 56,000 people have been turned away from crossing the Swiss border since it was closed due to the country’s coronavirus lockdown, while 150 fines have been issued for breaching restrictions.
Switzerland closed its borders on March 25th, with only residents, citizens and cross-border workers allowed in.
The number of open border crossings was also significantly limited.
Police confirmed that 150 fines of CHF100 had been issued to people who had breached border lockdown restrictions.
In addition to fines for crossing the borders at unauthorised points, police said that people had been fined for crossing the border in order to go shopping.
Cross-border shopping in Switzerland was banned on April 16th. For those possessing the right permits, crossing the border for tourism or for leisure is not prohibited but has been strongly discouraged by the authorities.
Border traffic has been seen as one of the major reasons for Switzerland’s high number of coronavirus infections.
The southern canton of Ticino, which borders northern Italy, has the highest death rate of any Swiss canton - while the western cantons of Vaud and Geneva have also heavily been heavily hits.