Switzerland has started to ease coronavirus measures six weeks after it imposed severe restrictions on public life.

The Swiss Federal Council announced a three-stage plan aimed at easing the country’s lockdown.

Starting today:

  • Hairdressers, cosmetics or nail studios, DIY stores, garden centers and flower shops are allowed to reopen.
  • Doctors and physiotherapists are also allowed to reopen their practices for non-urgent appointments.
  • Hospitals are permitted to perform medical procedures that were postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
  • Shops and businesses must abide by stricter hygiene regulations and ensure that customers keep the required social distance.

Swiss federal authorities said that wearing face coverings is not mandatory, however 1 million masks will be provided daily for two weeks from today to retailers.

Further reopenings:

  • More shops and primary schools are set to reopen within another two weeks, starting May 11
  • Vocational and higher education establishments as well as libraries, zoos and museums are set to open from June 8, providing that the number of Covid-19 infections does not rise significantly.

Switzerland has reported a total of 29,061 coronavirus cases and 1,337 deaths, according to the country’s Federal Office for Public Health.

Source: CNN News

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