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Znüni News – Friday October 1

Today the federal council will be announcing its final decision (?) regarding whether Covid-19 tests should continue to be offered for free or not. This past week all the cantons have been giving their feedback, and their answers were far from unanimous; suggestions from letting under 20s continue to test for free, have everyone test for free or have no one test for free, proved how controversial the topic is. We will have to wait and see what the government comes up with this afternoon.

To date the free tests cost the country, i.e. taxpayers of the future, 47 million francs a week.

Fasnacht 2022 will take place! This has been decided by the local council. What remains to be seen is in what form, whether there will be 3G (genesen, getestet, geimpft) zones implemented where people can party or not remains to be seen.

The “marriage for all” initiative is scheduled to become law as of July 2022. Civil servants are expecting there to be a lot more weddings scheduled in 2022 than usual, also because the pandemic put a lot of unions on hold. So if you would like to get married next summer you had better get planning.

The tourist who jumped out of the train on his way up the Pilatus mountain in order to have a pee, will not be charged with reckless behaviour after all. The Pilatus Bahn stated that they were, first and foremost, simply relieved that nothing serious happened to the man, and that they hope he realised how dangerous what he did was.

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