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Coronavirus Update – April 16 – Lockdown to be partially lifted

The government has announced that the lockdown has to date helped to keep the Covid-19 epidemy under control so we can start to lift the restrictions in 3 phases.

April 27:

  • Hospitals will be able to resume non-essential consultations and operations.
  • Hairdressers, massage, cosmetic studios, garden shops and DIY shops can reopen.

May 11:

  • If the trend of infections continues to go downwards then all obligatory schools (kindergarten, primary and secondary) and all shops can reopen.

June 8:

  • All other schools can resume classes.
  • Museums, zoos and libraries can reopen.
  • Smaller events can take place again.

At this time it is unclear when restaurants, bars and cafés can reopen and when events with more than 1000 people will be able to take place again.

Masks at this stage are not obligatory. There will be a decision at a later date, for the time being the government continues to believe that masks are not necessary for healthy people to wear but once that the restrictions are lifted it may be recommended to wear masks when out and about.

It is very important for social distancing to still be obversed.

People are still not able to meet in groups greater than 5 people.

Self-employed people who are indirectly touched by the lockdown and who earn more than CHF 10 000.- and less than CHF 90 000.- are able to ask for help for a maximum of CHF 196.- a day for a maximum of 2 months.

Students facing end of school exams will most probably have theoretical exams and not practical., this will be decided definitely by the end of May.

Television licences will be reduced by CHF 30.- per household, so people now only pay CHF 335.- per year to watch Swiss television.

The government is budgeting CHF 20 million.- for research into fighting the Covid-19 virus.

(If you find this information useful, we would be really grateful if you could help us stay open by donating to the LiLi Centre – even CHF 20.- can make a difference!)

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