Switzerland: Should people be fined for refusing to wear masks?

Switzerland: Should people be fined for refusing to wear masks?
A line to collect food donations in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Masks are now required in indoor areas all across Switzerland. Should so-called ‘mask refusers’ be fined for refusing to wear them?

On Monday October 19th, Switzerland made masks compulsory in all indoor areas. 

Despite the established and emerging science clearly showing the benefit of mask wearing in preventing the transmission of the virus, there remains a small but stubborn part of the Swiss population who refuse to wear them. 

As reported in The Local Switzerland on Tuesday, October 20th, technically there are potential fines for refusing to wear masks of up to CHF10,000 – although actually receiving one is unlikely. 

READ: Can I be fined for not wearing a mask in Switzerland? 

Is that fair? Will it encourage people to wear masks? Or are harsher sanctions – which are actually enforced – needed? 

Please let us know your thoughts. 

 

 


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  1. “Despite the established and emerging science clearly showing the benefit of mask wearing in preventing the transmission of the virus”

    Ugh, it’s this kind of lie that creates the mess in the first place.

    Go look at how effective masks are: https://rationalground.com/mask-charts/

    There are lots of studies predating 2020 showing masks are hardly effective, and nobody ever tried using them to stop an infected person passing it on to others. There is no scientific support for masks, real world observed data shows clearly they have no effect at all, yet we are told to ignore the evidence of our own eyes. Apparently only “stubborn” people engage in critical thinking, now.

    At this rate “science” will end up completely discredited in all sorts of areas. People can only be told “science” says X or Y when it clearly does not for so long before they wise up.

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