Switzerland to extend ban on events until March 2021: Reports

Switzerland to extend ban on events until March 2021: Reports
A Swiss Super League football match between FC Basel and FC Zurich. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
According to reports, Switzerland is considering extending a ban on events with more than 1000 people until March 2021.

The ban, currently in place until the end of August, is expected to be extended for a further six months – although there are two different forms the ongoing ban can take. 

Switzerland’s Tages Anzeiger reported on Wednesday that the two leading options are to extend the ban in its current form – i.e. no events featuring more than 1,000 people can take place – or in a watered down form which would allow some events with more than 1,000 subject to special approval. 

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Another option, which would be to allow the ban to expire at the end of August, is unlikely to be considered given continued rising infection rates across the country. 

Sports and cultural associations have warned that any extension of the ban would lead to dire financial consequences. 

Commenting on the ban, Christian Constantin, President of FC Sion, told the Tages Anzeiger “that would be the end of professional sports”. 

Music promoters also criticised the proposed extension, with concerts already having been rescheduled until later in the year. 

The final decision on the ban is expected on August 12th when the government next meets to consider the future of the country’s lockdown rules. 

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