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Switzerland to scrap fines for coronavirus social distancing breaches

The Swiss government announced late on Wednesday that fines will no longer be issued for social distance breaches.

Switzerland to scrap fines for coronavirus social distancing breaches
A man wearing a t-shirt with the Swiss flag is arrested by police officers wearing protective face mask at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration on May 16, 2020. AFP

Shortly after the lockdown measures snapped into place across Switzerland, police began issuing 100 franc fines to anyone for breaching coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 

Since March 20th police in Switzerland have handed out thousands of fines to people who did not keep their distance.

The Tages Anzeiger reported on Wednesday that although the fines remain in place, the government on Wednesday will no longer issue them for breaching social distancing measures. 

Fines will remain valid only for people who meet in groups larger than 30 in public places. 

Meeting in groups at private events or at businesses which are complying with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions will not attract a fine. 

 

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