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Coronavirus Update – March 20th

The government has announced that it is vital for society as a whole to take responsibility and act with civicism by following the rules put in place last Friday.

On top of this as of today, there can be no meetings of 5 people or more (even spontaneous meetings) and in all cases people should keep a distance of 2 meters to one another. The police can fine individuals CHF 100.- for breaking this new ruling.

It is essential for people to follow the rules so that we do not have to be quarantined as in neighbouring countries.

On the bright side, the government is now releasing a further 32 billion francs to help small companies and businesses.

Concretely this means that sole proprietor companies could be compensated up 80% of their revenue or CHF 196.- per day for a maximum of 30 days.

This also applies to parents who have had to stop work to look after their children.

If you are in quarantine then you are entitled to 10 days of compensation.

Until April 4th vat and taxes payments for companies can be postponed.

People working in culture will also be helped, as well as people and sport associations.

Part-time workers as well as apprentices will also be compensated. More details will come later. We will share them as soon as the process is explained.

As of today the post office and online food delivery companies will also be allowed to work and deliver on Sundays.

There also is a call for anyone with a medical background to step forward and offer their help as the situation is bound to get worst before it gets any better.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.