People order at a restaurant in Geneva, Switzerland, May 11, 2020. Switzerland is implementing a second phase of easing measures on May 11 to allow ordinary restaurants, museums and shops to continue business. (Xinhua / Nie Xiaoyang)
GENEVA, May 11 (Xinhua) – Switzerland on Monday entered a second phase of relaxation measures as part of a three-phase plan to return to normal life.
In accordance with the Swiss Federal Council’s decision, starting Monday restaurants, shopping centers, markets, museums and libraries are allowed to reopen, and elementary and junior high schools can continue their classes.
However, according to government regulations, with the exception of families with children, no more than four people can be served at every dining table in the restaurant and the tables must be at least two meters apart. In continued classes, students are asked to keep a distance of more than two meters from the teacher.
Also on Monday, the Swiss Federal Railroad (SBB) restarted most of its operations. Passengers are advised to avoid rush hour travel and wear masks if they cannot maintain a safe distance. The Geneva bus company also decided to distribute masks to passengers during rush hour.
Along with the recovery of public transportation is the reduction in entry restrictions on the country’s borders. According to the Swiss Federal Customs Administration, of the 130 border crossings that were closed during the pandemic, 20 have now been reopened.
Daniel Koch, special envoy of the Federal Public Health Office for the new coronavirus pandemic, told a news conference on Monday that the situation continues to improve in Switzerland, a trend that can be sustained if more efforts are made in contact tracing.
“We hope the trend will continue like this,” he said, “for this, it is important for anyone with flu-like symptoms, severe or mild, to be tested. The chain of transmission can be tracked and the curve continues. Reducing.”
On Monday, Switzerland reported a total of 30,344 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,543 deaths. Enditem
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