Coronavirus: Federal Council Bans Large-Scale Events in Switzerland – Basel Carnival and Geneva Motor Show Canceled

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An extraordinary meeting of the Federal Council was held today, 28 February.

In view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Council has decided to cancel all large-scale events involving more than 1000 people.

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Coronavirus: Basel Carnival 2020 canceled. Picture: Basler Fasnacht Comité

The ban comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until 15 March.

The Basel Carnival, the Bern Carnival as well as the Geneva Motor Show (more than 600,000 attendees!) have already be canceled.

The Federal Council’s top priority is to protect the population

It is responding to the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic and has categorised the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ in terms of the Epidemics Act.

This enables the Federal Council, in consultation with the cantons, to order measures that are normally the responsibility of the cantons.

The Federal Council is banning public and private events in Switzerland at which more than 1000 people would gather.

This ban on events comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until 15 March.

The cantons are responsible for enforcing the ban.

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Coronavirus: Geneva Motor Show 2020 canceled

In the case of public or private events at which fewer than 1000 people would gather, event organisers must carry out a risk assessment in conjunction with the competent cantonal authorities to decide whether or not the event can be held.

The Federal Council is aware that this measure will have a significant impact on the public life in Switzerland.

However, the move is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health.

It should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland, thus reducing its momentum. More coronavirus pandemic news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [Admin Swiss]

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