Basel to introduce compulsory mask requirement in bars, restaurants and shops from Monday

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Basel to introduce compulsory mask requirement in bars, restaurants and shops from Monday
A passenger wears a mask at Basel Airport. Image: SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

Basel City has become the first German-speaking canton to introduce a compulsory mask requirement in shops and supermarkets.


Basel City on Thursday joined four French-speaking cantons - Geneva, Vaud, Jura and Neuchâtel - in requiring shoppers to wear masks. 

In addition to shops and supermarkets, Basel City will also require masks on the grounds of secondary schools (including grammar schools, FMS and vocational schools). 

On school grounds, masks will be required wherever distance cannot be kept - i.e. not in classrooms. 

Swiss tabloid Blick reports that the requirement will be implemented from Monday, August 24th. 


Neuchâtel introduces compulsory mask requirement

On Wednesday evening, Neuchâtel put in place a mask requirement for shops. 

The rule comes into effect immediately and will remain in place until at least September 30th. 

Neuchâtel joins Geneva, Vaud and Jura in requiring masks in shops and supermarkets

On a federal level, masks have been required in public transport all across Switzerland since July 6th. 

UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Switzerland's new compulsory mask requirement 

Authorities in Neuchâtel have also strongly encouraged mask wearing in all public places. 

New infections are on the rise in Neuchâtel, with daily infection rates more than doubling from early August. 

Reader poll: Four in five want to extend compulsory masks across Switzerland 



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