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Support for Geneva lockdown falls - bar owners threaten rebellion

National News // Nov. 18, 2020

Support for the Geneva lockdown seems to be crumbling – and café and bar owners are threatening to break the law and open their doors if the restrictions are not lightened.

Pixabay Support for Geneva lockdown falls - bar owners threaten rebellion

The rules came in at the beginning of the month – forcing all non-essential businesses to close.

The cantonal parliament is demanding an end as soon as possible. For the moment the government is standing firm – saying the restrictions are cutting infection rates. But even within the executive, there seems to be differences. The cantonal finance minister, Natalie Fontanet, told Swiss TV businesses should be allowed to reopen. She says bankruptcies and job losses will also have health consequences.

The bar and restaurant association says their members are ready to rebel and will chose breaking the law over going bust. They’re planning a demonstration tomorrow.

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