Switzerland plans to take its first “cautious steps” to end its coronavirus lockdown next month, the government said Wednesday, in contrast to neighbors who adhere to many restrictions.
In the first step, shops, museums, and libraries must reopen from March 1. Zoos, gardens and sports facilities will also be reopened, with the final decision to be made on February 24.
Ministers have been caught between health experts supporting stricter limits and struggling companies calling for a reopening, but a decline in the number of infections has allowed the government to change course.
“The efforts of the last months are now bearing fruit, the population has been very disciplined,” said Health Minister Alain Berset. “New infections have been cut in half in a month, so the situation is not so bad. We would all like to do more activities again, like sports ”.
With the initial reopening, private events with up to 15 people would also be allowed, the government said, up from the current limit of five.