Masks to cost just 30 francs per year for welfare recipients in Swiss canton

Masks to cost just 30 francs per year for welfare recipients in Swiss canton
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Benefit recipients in the Swiss canton of St Gallen will only need to pay 30 francs for a year’s supply of coronavirus masks under a new plan.

The plan is designed to reduce the burden of purchasing masks on benefit recipients. 

Although masks are currently not required in shops and restaurants in St Gallen, they were made compulsory on July 6th across the country. 

Pursuant to the plan, supplementary benefit recipients will only pay 30 francs per year as a ‘flat rate’. 

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

While no concrete indication has been given as to how the masks should be provided, the St. Gallen Conference on Social Welfare recommends that municipalities reimburse the costs of the masks to each benefit recipient, or provide masks directly to those receiving social assistance. 

The flat rate comes into effect on September 1st, 2020. 

The government estimates that the plan will cost approximately 270,000 francs per year. 


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