“How could it screw this country up like that?” was the headline of the daily newspaper regarding Covid-19. Federal Councilor Alain Berset’s answer in “Blick”: “Two weeks ago I would have told you that we are on track. The number of cases fell, I was confident that we would end up with around 1,000 cases a day at Christmas. ”
The Covid-19 situation can change drastically within a very short time – this has been known since spring. The Federal Council’s behavior is no less drastic. The cantons have until today, Friday 11 December, to comment on the further measures proposed by the Federal Council.
Which rules will apply?
Many cantons feel offended by the unannounced action by the Federal Council, which has put massive pressure on them. At the same time, there are loud voices that have long asked the Federal Council to take on more responsibility.
Today the Federal Council will issue the very last warning. If this has no noticeable consequences, a national lockdown will follow from December 18.
The Federal Council outlined the following national measures from Saturday:
- Restaurants, shops, markets and leisure facilities must remain closed after 7 p.m. and on Sundays. Indoor sports activities are also affected.
- A maximum of five people from two households should be allowed to come together in private rooms. Exceptions should only be made in the period from December 24th to 26th and December 31st.
- Apart from religious celebrations and parliamentary assemblies, all public events are to be banned.
- Cultural activities, including in school, should be prohibited. Events with an audience are prohibited.
According to media reports, the following rules should also be added:
- Instead of the previous 15 people, only five people over the age of 16 will be allowed to come together to do sports without contact.
- The same restriction applies to non-professional cultural activities.
- Ski areas, pharmacies, social facilities, petrol stations and open-air markets are to be excluded from the evening curfew and closing on Sundays.
- Not all restaurants have to close at 7 p.m. Restaurants in hotels that are only open to hotel guests may remain open until 11 p.m. Companies that offer take-away and delivery services are also allowed to open until 11 p.m.
- Restaurants and restaurants are allowed to stay open on the night of December 24th to 25th and at the turn of the year until 1 a.m.
- A maximum of 50 people may be present at religious events.
How did the federal government and the cantons come to an agreement? What are the rules from December 12th?
From 2 p.m. you can follow the Federal Council’s media conference on Telebasel – online in the stream and ticker or on TV.