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Zurich’s ‘Badis’ open to all swimmers again from today

Zurich’s public baths - or ‘Badis’ - can open without restrictions from today onwards. Here’s what to expect.

Zurich's 'Badis' open to all swimmers again from today
Swimmers take a dip in Lake Zurich. Image: Michael Buholzer / AFP

As of Friday, June 26th, Zurich’s Sommerbäder will be allowed to open without restrictions on maximum attendees. 

Previously, the bath operators had implemented a rule requiring 10 square metres per attendee, but this has now been reduced to five. 

Patrick Disch, Head of Sports at the City of Bülach, told the Zürich Unterländer that there is still a maximum capacity at each of the baths, but this has not been reached in recent years.

Bathers will however be required to keep a 1.5-metre distance between each other, both in the pools, on the grounds and in the changing rooms. 

This will be left up to the personal responsibility of each bather. 

People with symptoms of a cold or flu have been told they will not be allowed to attend. 

While the baths have been open in a restricted capacity for some time, they quickly hit their maximum occupancy. 

This was especially the case in smaller baths such as the Utoquai seaside resort, in the Frauenbadi or in the river baths on the Upper and Lower Letten. 

In addition, the barriers at the Katzensee seaside resort and the Au-Höngg river pool will be dismantled from Friday onwards. 

For anyone who is concerned about numbers, the ‘Badi Monitor’ site provides updated figures of how many people are at each of Zurich’s major summer baths. 

The following links also provide more information on Bern and Basel’s baths. 

 

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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