Ski areas only open until Christmas, curfew from 10 p.m., extended quarantine, meetings only for up to 10 people: these measures are now in effect in the canton of St.Gallen
St.Gallen is now Switzerland’s corona hotspot. Due to the current situation, the government has decided on new restrictions and presented them at the media conference on Wednesday. The summary of the media conference and the ticker for reading.
The St. Gallen government has decided on the following new measures:
- The maximum number of people per meeting for private and public events is reduced to 10 people.
- The curfew for restaurants and leisure facilities will be extended from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
These restrictions envisaged by the government will apply from Sunday, December 13th, and will be implemented if the Federal Council, contrary to expectations, does not order the nationwide measures promised on Tuesday evening. This should prevent duplication and overlapping decisions by the federal government and the canton.
Close contacts have to be in quarantine
The canton of St.Gallen also decides to tighten the quarantine rules. All close contact persons of people who tested positive have to be in quarantine again.
People who live in the same household with an infected person are informed by the contact tracing team. Other close contacts must be informed by the infected person. The deputy canton doctor Karen Peier says:
“We currently have a wildfire and we can only interrupt individual chains of infection”
Ski areas only stay open until Christmas
According to the federal ordinance, the ski areas can open their operations until December 22nd if a protection concept has been approved.
“For the period after December 22nd, the government does not consider the requirements for a permit to be met.”
A permit can then be promised if the reproduction factor is below 1 and there are enough intensive care places available again in hospitals.
Relocate home visits to public spaces
In the homes, residents can still receive two visits per day. However, the visits must now be in a publicly accessible room with a protection concept. Room visits are no longer allowed. “This is to relieve the staff who are urgently needed in care,” said government councilor Laura Bucher.
The government continues to rely on home office. It has therefore decided that employers must ensure that employees fulfill their work obligations as far as possible from home. This order is limited to mid-January 2021.
The ticker for the media conference to read: