Switzerland: Basel to tighten coronavirus measures from Monday

Switzerland: Basel to tighten coronavirus measures from Monday
A woman in a mask walks along a train platform in Basel. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Basel will close restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and brothels from Monday.

Basel City will put in place stricter coronavirus shutdown measures from Monday, November 23rd, onwards, as infections continue to rise in the northern canton. 

Despite a decrease in the infection rate in much of Switzerland, infections are still on the rise in Basel City. Basel City along with Basel Country, Obwalden and Uri are the only cantons where infections are increasing. 

The seven-day incidence in Basel City is above the national average at 727 per 100,000 residents, 20 Minutes reports

Restaurants, cafes and bars will be required to close under the new rules, but work and school canteens along with hotel restaurants for guests and street kitchens will be allowed to remain open. 

READ: Switzerland's test positivity rate 'among the worst in Europe' 

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve takeaway food, although there will be a curfew on takeaway services from 11pm to 5am. 

Casinos and other gaming rooms will be forced to close. 

Strip clubs and brothels will also be required to close. 

Gyms, fitness centres, indoor swimming pools, dance studios, ice rinks and wellness centres will also be forced to close. 

Non-professional sports clubs will no longer be allowed to train. 

Events are to be restricted to 15 people. 

Beauty service providers such as hairdressers and massage providers will be allowed to remain open. 

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