Geneva: Face masks now compulsory in shops and airport

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Geneva: Face masks now compulsory in shops and airport
A man with a mask cycles past Geneva Airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Face masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus have been made compulsory in shops and at the airport in the canton of Geneva as of Tuesday.


Late on Friday, Geneva announced that masks would become compulsory in shops from Tuesday onwards, making it the third canton to put in place such a requirement. 

Vaud and Jura are the other two cantons where shopping requires a mask. 

On Monday, Geneva Airport announced that masks would be required throughout the airport, adding to the additional requirement that masks be worn while in the air. 




As reported on Monday by the Local Switzerland, masks have been made compulsory on all SWISS, Helvetic and Edelweiss flights, as well as all European flights.

UPDATED: Where in Switzerland are masks compulsory right now?  

Geneva concerned about rising infections

With 46 new cases registered on Thursday, the figures are worrying, said regional health chief Mauro Poggia on Friday.

Poggia said the situation was worsening and stricter measures needed to be taken.

Shoppers will also be forced to disinfect their hands with hydro-alcoholic solution before entering stores in Geneva. 

Authorities in Geneva also announced that wearing masks will be compulsory for all those who work in beauty and therapy industry, including hairdressers.


The rise in cases in the area has been blamed on a general slacking off of members of the pubic with regards to social distancing and hygiene rules as well as young people returning to bars and holding private parties.

From Friday night bars and discos were obliged to collect the identity and a reliable means of contact for each client.

Venues that don't comply risk steep fines.

Staff at pubs and restaurants must also be masked. These measures will remain in place until at least October.


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