New federal lockdown rules from Monday
The Federal Council has agreed to new tougher measures. The health minister Alain Berset is getting everything he wanted to try to stop the spread of the virus.
At the meeting yesterday the Council is said to have been persuaded due to the arrival of the highly contagious strain from the UK.
Members are said to have also analysed the infection rates in the UK and Ireland and decided action needed to be taken.
Reports suggest there was only one member who dissented – Swiss People’s Party representative Ueli Maurer. He was calling for fewer rules and says the restrictions will prove to be too expensive.
His fellow People’s Party member, Guy Parmelin, may have joined him - but he is now president – so and voted with the majority.
The Health Minister warned his colleagues the third wave is coming.
The new rules which will be in force from Monday. All shops selling non-essential items will have to close. But services such as hairdressers can open until 7pm. Shops are allowed to operate a click and collect service.
Workers must work from home if possible. But there will be clearer guidance on how much money workers can claim from their company for extra costs, such as heating.
For those who have to go into an office – then masks have to be worn at all times.
The number of people allowed to meet has been cut from 15 down to 5. It doesn’t matter if the grouping is a private or public event.
And bars and restaurant will stay closed.
There is one small change in the other direction. Shops that are allowed to open, can stay open after 7pm and on Sundays.
The new rules will stay in force until the end of February.