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Switzerland postpones opening attributable to deteriorating epidemiological scenario

Rising COVID-19 rates today forced the Swiss government to pull out of plans to ease blockade measures in the coming days.

“The epidemiological situation no longer allows the government to lift exit restrictions or start businesses,” said Health Minister Alain Berset.

Instead, the only change planned would be to allow 10 people, out of five in advance, to gather inside for private events.

“Please be a little more patient,” Berset told restaurants and event organizers, who are pushing for the restrictions to be lifted so they can resume activities.

The decision, whether to allow outdoor dining in restaurants or lift restrictions on cultural events and sporting activities, will now come in mid-April.

The government’s hope is that by then vaccination will have progressed.

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