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Lockdown Update – the New Normal – May 27

Today the government has announced the following: as the daily numbers of cases have fallen from 1000 cases to 10 to 15 the country can look at a further easing of restrictions.

As of today older people can resume life as normal again such as looking after their grandchildren.

Social Distancing Measures must remain in place: wash your hands frequently; keep 2 meters distance; avoid close contact greetings. Masks are recommended when these measures cannot be kept but are not obligatory.

If you can continue to do home office please do so (this is a recommendation not an obligation).

As of June 1

  • Spontaneous meetings of 30 people will be allowed.

From June 6:

  • Up to 300 people allowed to meet for organised events such as weddings, cinemas, theatre, sport events.
  • Zoos, swimming pools, botanical gardens etc.. will be able to reopen
  • Secondary education will resume as normal again.
  • Restaurant will have no more limits for people per table but will need to give one phone number by table, and the 2 meter distance between tables will remain in place.
  • Tourism destinations will be open again, this includes cable cars.

From June 8:

  • Family reunification will also be relaxed, all persons with a residence permit will once again have the right to bring their families to Switzerland in accordance with the usual criteria.

From June 15:

  • Borders to German, Austria and France will be totally open.
  • Italy has opened its borders as of June 3, but Switzerland will not open their borders to Italy for the time being.
  • The aim is that by July 6 all the borders within Europe and the EFTA countries should be opened.
  • Switzerland will follow the Schengen guidelines with regards to borders with countries beyond the EU/EFTA.

From June 19

  • Official ending of the “extraordinary situation”, this means that the government will need, amongst other things, to put any new financial packages to vote in parliament.

From June 24

  • More events with up to 1000 people allowed, but events with more than 1000 will not be allowed until end of August minimum.
  • Simplification of social distancing plans (which have to be decided by branches).

charlie.hartmann@livinginluzern.swiss

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

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