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Pandemic and heatwave change usual National Day plans

National News // July 31, 2020

Tomorrow is National Day, but it will be a muted affair. 

Unsplash Pandemic and heatwave change usual National Day plans

Due to the pandemic, most communes have cancelled their planned celebrations – especially as gatherings of more than 1,000 people are still banned. 

Add to that a heatwave – there are also limits on private firework displays. 

Many cantons have open fire bans in place to cut the risk of forest fires. People are asked not to set off any pyrotechnics near the forests. 

Although there are no large events planned. Some communes are taking a more de-centralized approach. Zug will have different musicians playing around the city, Geneva will have 9 different street festivals. 

But the tradition of having breakfast on a farm will go ahead. Across the country 160 farms will have a buffet laid out and breakfast packages of bread, jam and yogurt will be available to take home. 

The President, Simonetta Sommaruga, will make a speech on the Rütli Meadow – the location is said to be where the first cantons agreed a common defence pact in the year 1291. Instead of large crowds, there will be a TV crew and small invited group of spectators. 

 

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