Switzerland lifts most COVID-19 restrictions as infections decline
Switzerland lifts most COVID-19 restrictions as infections decline

Switzerland lifts most COVID-19 restrictions as infections decline

Switzerland has announced plans to lift most restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including completing health checks of incoming travelers and requiring COVID passports to access many public venues

The Federal Council, the Swiss executive branch of seven members, said from Thursday that masks and COVID-19 vaccination passes will no longer be required to enter shops, restaurants, cultural sites and other public environments and events. The requirement to wear masks in the workplace and a recommendation to work from home will also cease, as will capacity constraints at larger gatherings.

The health authorities of the country with about 8.5 million people reported more than 21,000 new daily COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths. The trend has steadily declined since a 7-day average of more than 36,000 cases a day was calculated in late January.

Incoming travelers no longer need to present proof of vaccination, cure or a negative test or fill out a registration form.

The measures will also mean an end to the government’s financial support to business, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

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