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What new relaxations could Switzerland announce on Friday?

What new relaxations could Switzerland announce on Friday?
This could happen in less than a month. Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels
The Swiss Federal Council will hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to discuss the epidemiological situation in the country. These are some of the restrictions that could be lifted soon.

The authorities have said that the situation in Switzerland is much improved, with the number of cases dropping by 30 percent in just one week, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

The number of hospitalisations and deaths has also declined drastically.

“Switzerland is well on its way to overcoming the crisis”, said Task Force member Tanja Stadler.

Health officials attribute this favourable evolution to the vaccines.

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These are the restrictions that could be lifted from July 1st, Swiss media reports.

Restaurants

The end of the limitation to four diners per table inside restaurants could be announced. On the terrace, there could even be no obligatory limit at all  (it is now capped at six).  

Also, restaurants may no longer be required to record customer data.

Public events

Crowds of up to 5,000 people for outdoor events and 1,000 for indoors could be permitted. However, such large gatherings could only be allowed for people who can show their Covid passport, which the government said would be available from July 1st.

READ MORE: What will Switzerland’s Covid-19 pass allow you to do?

Private gatherings could also once again become unlimited. Currently, the limit is set at 30 indoors and 50 outdoors.

Masks

This possible relaxation would mainly concern the wearing of masks outdoors, for instance on restaurant terraces or in train stations.

The Federal Council chould also decide on whether those who can prove they have been cured, vaccinated and recently tested, should continue to wear the mask at all.

The mask obligation at schools may also be abolished, at least outdoors.

This timetable corresponds to the one set by the government on April 22nd when it outlined its three-phase strategy for lifting all the remaining coronavirus restrictions.

 


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