The Federal Council has abolished the distance buses introduced in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Already on Pentecost Saturday, the state government lifted the punitive provisions on the minimum distance in public.
It is true that the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) still recommends that the distance of two metres be observed for personal contacts. However, the threat of a fine no longer seems justified in view of the currently low number of cases, the Tamedia media quote the FOPH in its Thursday edition.
Appeal to self-responsibility
In the context of the current relaxations, the self-responsibility of citizens would come to the fore. However, the Covid Regulation still provides for buses in some cases, such as too large meetings or shopping tourism.
Violations of the distance rule could be imposed on a fine of 100 francs. In many places, the police busted people who did not keep the distance. In practice, there have been various discussions about how to interpret the distance rule.
Large crowds remain banned
Now these tedious discussions are over. The cantons responsible for enforcement informed the FOPH last week of the abolition of buses under the distance rule. The FOPH is examining how the public is informed.
Furthermore, a bus risks those who take part in crowds of more than 30 people in public spaces. This means, for example, large groups in a park or in a square. On the other hand, this does not include private and public events, where up to 300 people may be present, provided that the organiser has a protection concept. (SDA)