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Switzerland will extend the health pass obligation

Switzerland decided, Wednesday, September 8, to widely extend the obligation of the health pass in the face of a pandemic which continues to fill hospitals and intensive care beds and an insufficient vaccination rate.

From Monday, you will have to show your Covid certificate to enter a restaurant or a bar, but also to go to an exhibition, a film or an indoor sporting event, the Federal Council said in a press release.

The federal government justifies these measures – unpopular among some Swiss and among some professionals – by “The situation in hospitals which remains tense and the occupancy of intensive care beds is very high”, as the number of infections increases and “The share of the unimmunized population also remains too high to prevent a new and important wave of contaminations”, underlines the press release.

The vast majority of cantons had given their support to the extension project; it is they who will have to ensure that the measures are respected.

According to figures from the Federal Ministry of Health, as of September 8, only 59.01% of the eligible population has received a dose of vaccine and 52.35% are fully vaccinated. This is much less than in the French neighbor, for example, where, out of 58 million eligible people, only a fifth were not fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to figures from the beginning of September.

Concerns people over 16 years old

Vaccination had jumped in France after the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron of the establishment of a health pass in many shops, restaurants and cinemas.

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In Switzerland, the extension concerns people over 16 and is limited until January 24, 2022. The measures can however be lifted before if the situation in hospitals improves.

The Federal Council will also decide on September 17 on the new measures for the entry into Swiss territory of unimmunized and unvaccinated people, between repeated screening or the implementation of a quarantine after presentation of a negative test to the entry into the country.

Checks on compliance with the rules must be stepped up and fines increased. Failure to comply with a quarantine could lead to a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs (approximately 9,200 euros).

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