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Znüni News – Wednesday February 3rd.

Today is national siren test day, so don’t panic when at 13.30 you hear the sirens blaring all over the country, they might continue to do this intermittently until 15.00. These tests are done on the first wednesday of the month of February in the whole of Switzerland.

Classes in Littau were sent in quarantine after it was found out that the children trained in the same football club as kids from the Maihof school. As a reminder the Maihof school had to close due to the Covid-19 variant being found in both teachers and pupils. The health department will wait until the second week of the school holidays to decide whether all schools should reopen as planned or go into remote learning mode.

Worryingly the R rate of infection is going up and between that, the new variants taking over and the vaccination programme being slowed down, it looks unlikely that the restrictions currently in place will be lifted end of February… much to the annoyance of shop owners!

Bookstores are demanding the right to reopen arguing that there are no known cases of people getting infected whilst buying a book, and books should be considered essential. Meanwhile restaurants are being told that there is a possibility that they will be allowed to reopen as cantines over lunchtime to allow outdoor workers to have lunch, but nothing has been decided yet.

In the meantime the canton of Lucerne is giving 3000 of its vaccine doses (from Pfizer/Biontech) to other cantons who have not received their shipments yet. In return they will be receiving 3000 more doses of Moderna vaccines to replace them.

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