Switzerland to relax coronavirus lockdown for professional and recreational sport

Switzerland to relax coronavirus lockdown for professional and recreational sport
A disused basketball court in Gland, Switzerland. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Professional and grassroots sport will again be allowed in Switzerland, the Federal Council has announced on Wednesday.

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Switzerland’s Federal Council announced a further loosening to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 

As of May 11th, elite team training as well as grassroots sport in groups of five or fewer would again be allowed across the country. 

Gyms will also be allowed to open again from May 11th, provided they can illustrate that they are complying with the social distancing restrictions as laid out by the government. 

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The authorities also gave the go ahead to professional sporting competitions, with Switzerland’s Super League again allowed from June 8th. 

This means that the country’s top-flight football competition will be back after only a three-month break. 

The games will however take place in front of empty stadiums, with the government having already banned events with 1,000 or more people until the end of August. 

Health Minister Alain Berset said during the press conference that the ban on large-scale events would be reconsidered at a Federal Council meeting on May 27th. 

While grassroots sport will be allowed from May 11th only with groups of up to five, elite and professional sporting competitions will be allowed to begin full training on the same date. 

When doing so however these sports will need to ensure that they comply with hygiene requirements as handed down by Swiss authorities. 

 


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