Coronavirus Stops Fasnacht Celebrations and Events
Across The Whole Of Switzerland
CORONA UPDATE Friday 13th March 2020
Since we wrote this blogpost the SwissGovernment’s announcement on Friday 13th March effectively brought back many border controls and shut schools with immediate effect. Many gyms and cinemas (though many cinemas are simply limiting audiences to 99 people from now on) have also closed and restaurants and bars are to be limited to a maximum of 50 people at one time. For public events the limit is a maximum of 100 people and for all those dreaming of Easter skiing, the bad news is that the ski resorts have now closed too.
Other advice from the government is that you should avoid public transport if possible and not travel abroad unless absolutely essential. Good luck and keep safe!
If You Suspect You May Be Ill With Corona
Contact your health insurer or your doctor by phone. Do not go to the surgery or hospital.
Fasnacht Celebrations & Football Cancelled
Following the recent announcement by the Swiss Government that all events, Fasnacht Celebrations, music and entertainment and Sporting fixtures where 1,000 or more people are expected to attend are to be cancelled, there has been widespread chaos in the entertainment arena. Interior Minister Alain Berset announced that the Federal Council is prohibiting all major public events with more than 1,000 participants from today due to the Coronavirus and the ban is valid until at least 15th March.
As new cases occur daily all over Europe including Switzerland, there is mounting uncertainty on a number of fronts.
Geneva Motor Show And Geneva Watch Fair
Zurich Carnival, Basel Carnival, Geneva Motor Show, Watches & Wonders, the new name for the SIHH Watch Fair in Geneva, Basel World, Expovina, Swiss Mode, Alice Cooper, events at the Samsung Hall as well as hundreds of other major events have been cancelled, many at short notice. What happens next is unsure for the time being. The government appealed to people to take responsibility and show solidarity.
Alain Berset said that public transport skiing and various other activities should continue as usual but people are advised to follow good hygiene measures to protect themselves effectively.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and HOT water for AT LEAST 20 seconds
- Don’t touch your face, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands BEFORE eating anything
- Wash your hands after travelling on Public Transport
- Don’t eat “communal food” at parties eg bowl of nuts etc (monkey nuts are a good alternative)
- Self-isolate if you feel you are going down with any of the suspected symptoms
- Cough into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.
- Don’t be afraid to move seats if a fellow passenger appears ill
- Contact your doctor by phone or your healthcare provider for more information
Please See The Following Infographic from the NHS
WHO Personal Hygiene Recommendations
According to WHO one of the key ways in which we should all be protecting ourselves is by not touching our faces, our mouths and our noses and by washing our hands regularly and effectively as they detail in their video below.
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