Coronavirus: Swiss canton Jura tightens mask rules, effective immediately

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Coronavirus: Swiss canton Jura tightens mask rules, effective immediately
A man wearing a face mask reading "I wear it because I am forced to" at a protest in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

The northern Swiss canton of Jura has tightened its rules for wearing masks. Masks will now be required in bars, restaurants and at sporting events.


The new measures will apply immediately from Friday, October 9th. 

All visitors to bars and restaurants in the French-speaking canton will be required to wear masks, except for when sitting at a table. 

Staff will also be required to wear masks. 

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

The rules will also apply at sporting events. 

As noted by the government: “as part of sporting or cultural events, as well as leisure activities, taking place indoors, wearing a mask is compulsory for spectators from the age of 12, volunteers and other participants in contact with the public, except for the time of consumption of small snacks or drinks. Athletes and active participants are exempt.”


Five cantons now require masks in bars and restaurants

Jura becomes the fifth Swiss canton to decide to make masks compulsory in bars and restaurants. 

Masks are also required in restaurants and bars in Geneva, Vaud and Basel City, along with Bern from October 12th

The maximum number of participants at events is set to be reduced from 300 to 100. 

UPDATE: Where in Switzerland are masks compulsory right now? 

The new measures were decided at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, October 9th. 

From October 14th, establishments will be required to record contact details electronically - while events with more than 100 people will be banned unless masks and distancing rules are respected. 



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