Switzerland bans major public events to slow spread of virus
Switzerland has imposed a ban on public events that gather more than 1,000 people together in the same place until at least March 15 in response to the coronavirus threat.
The ban comes into force with immediate effect in the midst of the carnival season which draws thousands of revellers to many Swiss towns and cities. It is also likely to affect sports events.
“The government’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,” the government said in a statementexternal link on Friday. “This enables the government, in consultation with the cantons, to order measures that are normally the responsibility of the cantons.”