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Znüni News – Thursday October 22

As of next Monday all children and teachers in secondary schools, kanti schools and berufs schools will be required to wear masks.

  • In the secondary schools, masks will be required in all buildings when the 1 metre 50 distancing rule cannot be kept. A lot of school outings will be cancelled.
  • In Kanti, the first three years students are now also including in the requirements to wear masks.
  • In the Berufschule, masks are required everywhere including outdoors.

This new rules will affect around 13 000 students in the whole canton. It comes after several classes had to be quarantined after some students were tested positive with the virus. 

At 898 cases per 100 000 inhabitants the canton of Wallis is currently the worst affected in the country. It has decided to act and is the first one to take harsher measures. From today and until end of November groups of more than 10 people cannot meet, cinemas, theatres and clubs are closed as are swimming pools and fitness centres. Cafés and restaurants have to close by 10 p.m. and no more than 4 people are allowed to sit at one table together.

In comparison the canton of Lucerne is at 285 cases per 100 000, this is still far more than the critical point of 60 per 100 000 cases that the government was using to decide which countries go onto the quarantine list.

If numbers do not significantly go down in the coming days we can expect further measures to be taken nationally (these would be communicated next wednesday). At this point a second lockdown is still seen as a last resort but that does not mean that it is off the table.

A motion has been put forward in the canton‘s parliament that would allow foreigners with a C permit residing in Lucerne to vote in local elections. This would be decided by each town separately. The motion was put forward by the socialist party arguing that people with C permits have been living here for 10 years and have had to show a certain level of integration. The motion will be debated in the coming months.

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