Switzerland to announce lockdown decision on Friday

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The Local - [email protected] • 13 Dec, 2021 Updated Mon 13 Dec 2021 12:51 CEST
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Swiss President Guy Parmelin. Photo: Stefan WERMUTH / AFP

The Swiss public will not know which measures are set to be adopted to turn the pandemic until Friday, the government announced on Monday.

Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset said on Monday the government will wait to Friday to announce the country’s tighter pandemic measures. 

On December 10th, Berset announced the government was considering two different sets of measures to curb spiralling infection rates and dwindling hospital capacity. 

The federal government is currently in an ongoing consultation with the cantons about which option to take. 

While the consultation was originally set to run until Tuesday, said on Monday there was no need to make the announcement before Friday. 

What measures are on the table? 

In both paths, access to indoor areas would be restricted to people who have either been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from the virus.

In both examples, access to indoor areas would be restricted to people who have either been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from the virus.

The stricter path however would see bars, restaurants and other indoor areas close again for the first time since last winter. 

More information about the measures and a discussion of why the government wants to put them in place can be found at the following link. 

2G or closures: Switzerland presents new Covid measures plan

As yet, the cantons have not given an indication as to which of the two paths they want to choose, although throughout the pandemic the federal government has tended to push for stricter measures than were acceptable at a cantonal level. 

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