Switzerland to hold a referendum on ending coronavirus restrictions

Switzerland to hold a referendum on ending coronavirus restrictions
The referendum could be voted on in June. Photo by AFP
The vote is a bid to nullify the 2020 Covid-19 Act, the Swiss law outlining the government’s pandemic measures.

The association “Friends of the Constitution” filed a referendum against Switzerland's Covid-19 legislation at the Federal Chancellery in Bern on Tuesday.

The group collected nearly 90,000 signatures, 40,000 more than required by law to launch a nationwide referendum. 

The association believes that the Covid-19 law, passed by the parliament in September 2020, is unnecessary, because it mainly deals with financial services that the government can regulate by federal decrees, even without emergency powers.

The “Friends of the Constitution” also believe the Covid-19 law would allow the introduction of a “compulsory system with poorly tested vaccines”, which the Federal Council has repeatedly denied.

“The success of the referendum would be a call on the authorities to exercise the utmost caution in the vaccination campaign and even impose a moratorium on it”, the group’s spokesperson, Christoph Pfluger, told Keystone-ATS news agency. 

The vote on the Covid-19 Act will take place in June 2021 at the earliest, when the law will already be in force for nine months.

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