Three Swiss cantons impose new face mask requirements

In response to the increase in Covid-19 infections in their cantons and in other Swiss regions, authorities in Ticino, Bern and Valais are tightening their rules regarding the wearing of masks outdoors or in school settings.

In Ticino, masks are becoming obligatory outside when the minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be observed. The new rule is implemented as of Tuesday October 27th.

The Italian-speaking area is the second Swiss canton to impose masks outdoors, after Appenzell- Ausserrhoden, which enacted this measure on Monday.

The Ticino State Council also banned amateur sports involving physical contact from Wednesday. 

Exceptions are made for professionals, children’s training, and sports lessons in compulsory schools.

In addition, and in line with regulations implemented in other cantons, customers in Ticino restaurants can eat only while sitting down, a maximum of four people per table, unless they are members of the same family. For private events, the limit is set at 15 people.

Masks in schools

The cantons of Bern and Valais are imposing mask requirement in secondary and vocational schools.

In Bern, wearing a mask is compulsory from Tuesday. Students must wear them during lessons and within the school perimeter.

Adults will have to wear a mask during lessons, on the school grounds, and in all buildings.
Schools are also advised to give up contact sports.

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