Three more Swiss cantons make masks compulsory in shops and supermarkets

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Three more Swiss cantons make masks compulsory in shops and supermarkets
Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, wearing a protective face mask. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

The Swiss cantons of Zug, Ticino and Bern have each announced a range of new lockdown restrictions, including compulsory masks in shops and supermarkets.


There are now 12 cantons in Switzerland where masks are required in shops and supermarkets. 

Zurich, Basel City, Fribourg, Valais, Solothurn, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Vaud and Jura have already put in place compulsory mask rules. 


Masks will be required in sales outlets, shopping centres and supermarkets from Saturday, October 12th in Zug. 

The move makes Zug the first canton in central Switzerland to require masks while shopping. 

"The increasing number of cases is worrying, which is why this measure has to be taken in good time," explains Health Director Martin Pfister to the Luzerner Zeitung

Employees of restaurants will also be required to wear masks from October 12th. 

Employees and customers of hairdressing salons, tattoo studios, cosmetic studios and massage parlours have been required to wear masks in Zug since August 22nd. 



From Monday, October 12th, masks must be worn in all publicly accessible indoor areas in Bern. 

In addition, all guests must be seated in bars, clubs and restaurants - while the maximum number of people allowed into each of these types of establishments is capped at 300. 

As noted by cantonal authorities, the mask requirement applies to a wide variety of indoor areas. 

“It is mandatory to wear a mask in all publicly accessible indoor areas. This includes shops and shopping centres, post offices, museums, theatres, libraries, administration buildings, places of worship and religious communal rooms, cinemas and train stations including platforms and underpasses. In bars, clubs, discos and dance halls, as well as in restaurants, guests are only allowed to take off their masks when they are seated at a table.”


In Ticino - which was originally the heaviest hit of the cantons but has avoided the increase in new infections seen elsewhere - masks will be required from Saturday, October 10th in shops and shopping centres, reports 20 Minutes

Masks must also be worn by restaurant staff, with plastic face visors deemed insufficient by cantonal authorities. 

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All clubs, discos and dance halls must also close in the Italian-speaking canton from Saturday. 

Guests in restaurants are not allowed to eat or drink standing up. 


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