The hosts were anything but enthusiastic about the four-step plan for the gradual opening of the lockdown, which the economic umbrella organization Economiesuisse presented together with the employers’ association. An opening for pickling is only an option “when the risk groups have been vaccinated” – and that will probably only be the case in May.
The fact that the Swiss Trade Association (SGV) now also presented a timetable for exiting the corona lockdown should make it easier for restaurateurs. This provides for an immediate loosening – also for the pickling.
Bigler calls for immediate openings
SGV director Hans-Ulrich Bigler (62) says to Blick TV: “Given the current situation, it should be possible to partially reopen restaurants and shops!” In fact, the corona numbers are currently falling. Nevertheless, experts warn against jumping to conclusions.
Incomprehensible to Bigler. “With enough protective measures, the entire economy can be reopened on March 1st,” he says. Until then, at least the terrace and outdoor restaurants and outdoor sales in retail should be allowed again, says the trade association.
Test, test, test
You don’t just want to rely on the vaccinations. Bigler’s motto is rather: test, test, test. “This is the only way to find out where the infection occurs and break chains,” he asserts. Because: Figures from the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) showed that less than 5 percent of all infections would take place within the economy. “And yet the economy is in lockdown,” said Bigler.
Every longer day in lockdown causes immense costs and suffering. “ The Swiss economy and the population urgently need future prospects,” it says. With its exit plan, the Swiss trade association wants to donate these. Unfortunately for him, this decision does not lie with him, but with the Federal Council. It remains to be seen whether this will include the timetable at tomorrow’s Federal Council meeting. (dbn)