No more major events with over 1000 participants in Bern
As of Monday, major events will no longer be allowed in the canton of Bern, according to the health department. In view of the dramatically increasing number of corona cases and as a result of the measures taken by the Federal Council, they will be banned.
The number of cases in the canton of Bern is currently doubling in less than a week, the positivity rates of the tests carried out and the number of hospitalized patients have risen sharply, as the canton writes, Link opens in a new window.
In view of the latest developments in the Covid situation and as a direct consequence of the reduction in crowds, the traffic light in the canton of Bern will therefore be set to red from October 19, 2020. This means that, for the time being, major events with more than 1000 people can no longer be held.
First easing in force in Israel
After a month of corona lockdown, the first easing came into force in Israel on Sunday. Kindergartens and preschools opened their doors to hundreds of thousands of children up to the age of six at the beginning of the Israeli working week. Even institutions that are not open to the public are allowed to resume their work. The requirement that citizens cannot move more than a kilometer from their homes has been lifted.
Nature parks and beaches can also be visited again. Restaurants are allowed to sell meals for pick-up. The Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem should be accessible to visitors under certain conditions. However, meeting restrictions still apply.
The media conference is over
The journalists’ question and answer session is over and the media conference is over.
We thank you for your attention. We will continue to report on the most important events related to the coronavirus here in the live ticker.
Is the “second wave” here now?
Health Minister Berset says people have always wondered what a second wave would look like. Today he could say: «The ‘second wave’ has arrived and it came sooner rather than later, but we are prepared for the situation.
Are the new measures sufficient?
Question from a journalist: “Are the current measures sufficient?”
“We hope so,” says Berset and gives an example of the calculation of the number of cases. The mask requirement is particularly useful because it applies to all cantons. Otherwise there is a lot of pressure to take further measures. But you try to prevent that and for the moment choose a middle ground.
Mask requirement in schools?
Michael Gerber (BAG) points out again that schools were the responsibility of the cantons. These would decide. On this question, “you should pass the ball on to the cantons”. Those directly affected would also know better how to deal with the local situation.
Hygiene regulations in EDI
“How are hygiene regulations implemented in EDI?” Asks a journalist.
Few people work in the Department of the Interior, assures Berset that implementation is not a problem.
Criticism from a journalist
“Internally, you are not always showing solidarity with the Federal Council,” criticized a journalist.
“The Federal Council is a college and decisions are made together,” says Simonetta Sommaruga. These would then also be borne by everyone.
Consequences for amateur sport?
Training and matches in amateur sport are not affected by the restriction to spontaneous meetings of 15 people in public spaces, explains Michael Gerber from the BAG.
There are no changes to major events either.
What about children in groups?
Question from a journalist: “Do children up to the age of twelve count in the groups of up to 15 people?” and: “What about courses like yoga etc.?”
Michael Gerber from the legal service of the BAG says children were among the 15 people. A mask requirement applies to sports courses with the exception of activities where this is not possible.
How to meet the critics?
A journalist wants to know how the Federal Council is dealing with social tensions.
Federal President Sommaruga makes it clear that the Federal Council has a decidedly different opinion than those demonstrating on the Bundesplatz. It is important to prevent further suffering.
Are there any stricter measures coming?
“What stricter measures could there be?” Asks a journalist.
That is not the topic today, says Simonetta Sommaruga, and does not go into any further possible measures. «We are still in the ‘special situation’. The federal government and the cantons should not be played off against each other. ” Keep in touch with the cantons.
Support for public transport?
Working in the home office leads to fewer people in public transport, says a journalist. Will the Federal Council provide for further support for public transport?
Sommaruga denies that the goal today is to protect the population. Nobody wants further damage to the economy, but today it is about the people, which is why today’s measures must be implemented quickly.
What about major events?
“Why are major events not restricted?” Asks a journalist.
Simonetta Sommaruga replies: “That was discussed intensively with the cantons.” The cantons are also responsible for ensuring that protection concepts are drawn up and reviewed. The federal government will remain in contact with the cantons in this regard.
Schools are subordinate to the cantons
When asked what about the schools, Berset points out that the education sector is subordinate to the cantons. It is desirable that the students can continue to go to school wherever possible.
What about sanctions?
“What about sanctions?” Asks a journalist.
Berset replies that there have been discussions about fines. They were possible in the spring due to emergency law. But there is currently a “special situation”.
Michael Gerber from the legal service of the BAG continues: The question arises whether every violation has to be punished. However, there are obligations for event organizers.
Meetings should remain possible
Why aren’t private meetings limited to 15 people, asks a journalist.
Berset explains that this restriction applies if there is no organizer – so it is a spontaneous meeting. However, it should remain possible for families to meet.
In response to another question from a journalist why there are no further requirements for companies, the Minister of Health also says that the companies themselves know best how to protect their employees. It is not in the interests of companies that their employees get infected.
What does recommendation to work from home mean?
Question from a journalist: What exactly does the recommendation to work from home mean?
Home office is not always possible, emphasizes Berset. Home office should be preferred wherever possible. The companies are encouraged to orientate themselves on it.
No schedule for further measures
A journalist from Ticino asks whether the Federal Council has set a deadline to adjust the measures?
Simonetta Sommaruga says no, the Federal Council is following the situation and developments very closely together with the federal task force. She again points out that the measures now decided by the Federal Council will come, but the cantons could go further.
Measures are still moderate
The question and answer session has started. A journalist points out that the new measures are quite moderate.
The measures do not intervene strongly, confirms Simonetta Sommaruga. But people would have to adhere to it, otherwise stricter measures would have to be taken. If things don’t work out, they are ready to take more drastic measures.
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