Speaking with the NZZ am Sonntag, Mauch said “we have to act before we lose control”.
“We would like to take further measures”.
Mauch warned that the canton was facing a crucial moment and that a mask requirement should be put in place before authorities “lose control” of the virus.
“We must remain vigilant and careful. In this respect, the mask also has a symbolic meaning. It makes the presence of the virus visible,” she said.
From Monday, August 24th, masks will be required in shops, restaurants and some schools in Basel City.
Basel City became the first German-speaking canton – and the fifth after Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel and Jura – to put in place the mask requirement in shops.
Masks have been required on public transport in all Swiss cantons since July 6th.