Switzerland: masks mandatory in public transport and quarantine for some travelers

Suisse: masque obligatoire dans les transports publics et quarantaine pour certains voyageurs

Wearing a mask in public transportation will become mandatory in Switzerland as of July 6, and a 10-day quarantine will be imposed on visitors from some regions at risk, due to an upsurge in cases of COVID-19 since mid-June, the government announced on Wednesday.

“In view of the increase in attendance of public transport and the increase in cases since mid-June,” the federal Council has decided to make the mask-wearing compulsory from the age of 12 on public transport throughout Switzerland as of July 6, according to a press release from the government.

Pointing to a resurgence of the virus after the infected people are entered the country from States of the Schengen area and non Schengen “, the federal Council has also decided to impose a quarantine for certain visitors entering Switzerland from the 6th of July, but do not specify the regions concerned, stressing that they would be regularly updated.

The last week has been marked by an increase in the number of cases in Switzerland, from about twenty per day to more than a hundred, according to the latest balance sheet.

On almost 31 700 contaminations, at least 1684 people have died of the COVID-19 in the country with 8.5 million inhabitants.

Switzerland has not established containment as strict as other european countries but imposed restrictions, such as closing schools and businesses, which have been gradually phased out since April 27.

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