With the public transport timetable almost returning to normal as Switzerland’s biggest city continues its emergence from the coronavirus lockdown, transport authorities have recommended the wearing of masks – but has stopped short of requiring them in order to travel.
Zurich’s transport authorities have also told commuters to avoid peak times wherever possible.
Other countries in Europe and elsewhere across the globe have put in place mask requirements on public transport, as well as in supermarkets and in some industries like hospitality and hairdressing.
Switzerland has however been reluctant to follow suit. The wearing of masks is not even recommended by the federal government, unless a person feels sick.
In order to get commuters in the spirit, trams in the city have had masks painted on – along with the message “to set a good example”.
In a tweet on Thursday, the VBZ explained the recommendation.
Die Cobra-Trams gehen mit guten Beispiel voran:
Am 11. Mai verkehren wir wieder fast im normalen Takt. Für ein gesundes Miteinander bitten wir euch, Stosszeiten zu meiden und im #Tram und #Bus Maske zu tragen. Weitere Infos: https://t.co/sczWZZBr5R.#ZämefürZüri pic.twitter.com/KMAOUnQlVY
— VBZ Züri-Linie (@vbz_zueri_linie) May 7, 2020
The Cobra trams set a good example: On May 11th we will be running again almost in the normal rhythm. For a healthy coexistence, we ask you to avoid peak times and wear a mask in the Tram and #Bus.