Switzerland confirms new restrictions to combat Omicron variant
Switzerland has imposed further restrictions on public and private gatherings, tightened Covid certificate rules and expanded mask-wearing requirements as the number of Omicron variant cases increases.
On Friday, the government also advised all people to work from home if possible. The measuresExternal link, which come into force on Monday, December 6, have been deemed necessary to prevent the health system from being over-run with coronavirus cases.
The requirement for travellers to quarantine if they arrive from countries with Omicron cases has been lifted as the variant has already arrived in Switzerland. Instead, all arrivals must test for Covid-19 at their own expense before entering the country from December 4.
A further test will be required between the fourth and seventh day of arrival in Switzerland.
Health Minister Alain Berset warned the Delta variant is still not under control while the country is now facing an outbreak of Omicron.
“The situation is very serious,” said Berset. “We didn’t want this, but we have to work with reality. Some hospitals have already reached their capacity limits.”
The new package of measures was presented as a proposal earlier this week and will now be put into force following consultations with cantons.
From Monday, all people who gather for a public event must show a certificate that indicates whether the holder is fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid or tested negative. A previous exemption for groups of under 30 people has been rescinded.…
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