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Znuni News – Wednesday June 2

Welcome to the future! At least that’s what the parliament is hoping for by approving an underground good transport system “Cargo Sous Terrain”, that would cross Switzerland from Geneva to St Gallen with pick up points all through the French and German speaking part of the country. This is a private project which would cost in the region of 35 billion francs, but that would be overseen by the government. Start date is planned for 2031 and completion should be 2045.

A Covid certificate in time for the summer holidays? This might be trickier than anticipated. Whereas 7 EU countries are already implementing their European Cetificate Apps, Switzerland is still trying to figure out how theirs will look and work. Forget connecting to Europe, right now the challenge is to get all of the cantons to share the information on who has been vaccinated or who has had Covid-19 in the past 6 months with a central database. Leaks of how the app looks have been shared, but without the correct information it will be pretty much useless, so don’t lose your yellow vaccine books or paper certificate because that might be all you have as proof of vaccinations to go on holiday this summer….

The town must be breathing a sigh of relief as it turns out that the football celebration at the Allmend where 10 000 supporters showed up 10 days ago, did not turn out to be a superspreader event as had been feared. This, however, does not mean that the town will change its policy with regards to the upcoming football championships which will not be allowed to be shown in outdoor public viewings. You will have to invite friends over or go to a restaurant/café if you want to join in on the football fever!

Don’t forget that tomorrow is a holiday in Lucerne, so get your shopping done today.

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