Switzerland: All teenagers in Basel to receive ‘coronavirus present’

Switzerland: All teenagers in Basel to receive ‘coronavirus present’
All teenagers in Switzerland are set to receive a 'coronavirus present'. Photo by Ksenia Yakovleva on Unsplash
People between the ages of 12 and 20 in the Swiss canton of Basel City are set to receive a “coronavirus present” to say thanks for doing their bit in the pandemic battle.

Basel City councillor Jenny Schweizer passed a motion on Wednesday to give presents to young people as a sign of gratitude for their efforts during the pandemic. 

The motion demands that all people between the ages of 12 and 20 in the canton receive a “sign of thanks” for doing without certain activities over the past year and cutting contacts. 

“It is now time that we thank the young people in our canton with a special gesture,” Schweizer told Swiss national broadcaster SRF. 

“They have shown consideration for the most vulnerable people in society” Schweizer said. 

Schweizer promised that the idea will kill two birds with one stone by also boosting local industry. 

Almost all political groups in the canton support the proposal, reports Swiss media. 

“I support it very much (as a way) to say thank you for the restrictions that have been in place for over a year,” said councillor Michela Seggiani.

What will the canton’s teenagers get as a gift? 

Schweizer said she wasn’t yet sure what each of the canton’s teenagers would be entitled to, except to say that she thought “discount vouchers” would be inappropriate. 

According to Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes, she said there should be no limits to the canton’s imagination, whether it be a voucher for a meal, a ticket to the cinema or entry to a concert or sporting event. 

The SVP politician said the canton should also ask what young people want. 


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