– 4 Four actions of the Federal Council to control 5e Obscure
With the advent of the mutated virus, the government wants to set new standards for families, work and struggles.
“Cantons just have to work!” “No, the federation just needs to take action!” This unhealthy little game that has been going on all last week is over. This Tuesday afternoon, confronted with the annoyance of the evil mutant Omicron, who has now arrived on Swiss soil, the Federal Council held an extraordinary meeting. And he finally decided to. Finally, action should be taken on the advice that is definitively approved (or not) by Friday.
Before we look at the details of these actions, let’s look at what moved the Federal Council. Does the number of daily pollutants exceed 8000? Has the number of Kovit patients in intensive care increased rapidly from the critical mark of 300 to 225 far away? No. Health Minister Alain Borset openly admits that he would not have proposed anything in particular this week if the Delta variation was the only problem.
The government was particularly shocked by Omigran’s visit. “We knew of its presence on Thursday,” said Guy Formelin, president of the federation. We do not want to wait until Friday to bring preventive measures. Because we are already facing 5e Significant wave of delta virus. “
In the face of new danger, the Federal Council has for the past ten days suspended its arguments on regional disparities justifying its wait-and-see policy. Was he encouraged by the widespread acceptance of the Govt Act last Sunday? Guy Formelin denies it. “We are quietly pursuing real politics.
The main activities discussed are here. They are close to coming into effect but have not been firmly stopped. They will last until January 24, 2022.
Massive expansion of the certificate inside
The Federal Council wants to extend the Govt certificate widely into the home. It will be required at all events accessible to the public and at amateur sports and cultural events. Exceptions will be reduced for standing groups of up to 30 people who applied today.
The Federal Council also intervenes in the lives of families and at anniversaries. Inside, Smala or a group of friends will need a Govt certificate once he exceeds ten. Finally, there is a new requirement on the outside: you must submit your health pass as soon as the event exceeds 300, compared to the current 1,000.
Mask almost everywhere inside
Gone are the days of being exempted from wearing the Kovit certificate mask. There, it should be placed everywhere within companies and installations that are accessible to the public. Even in the restaurant? No. There, you can drink and dine without a mask while sitting. When you wake up, you have to put the mask on yourself.
What happens to cultural or sporting activities where wearing a mask is a major obstacle? We can do it unconditionally: All people must express their identity as they do in nightclubs.
However, there is an area where the Federal Council does not tighten the rules, but rather makes them easier. Thus reducing capacity controls. The federation can no longer force a performance hall to control its tonnage by 50% or 75%. Zones, on the other hand, retain the opportunity to do so, as noted by Alain Pursett.
Telecommuting and masking in the office
If there is one area where the Federal Council does not have definite ideas about the actions to be taken, it is the world of work. It puts in consultation no less than three categories. Provides mandatory wear of the mask first by all employees in closed and shared areas.
The second variant forces unvaccinated and untreated people to work from home. What if they can’t? So they have to wear the mask when working next to their vaccinated colleagues. Hello mood.
The last variant, the harsher, provides the general obligation to work from home. If this is not possible, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals should wear turbine masks in shared rooms.
Test validation hardening
The Federal Council will increase the number of trials to gain access to the provisional Govt certification, making life more difficult for those who have not been vaccinated. He wants to reduce the hourly validity of trials. Clearly, the PCR test is not valid for 72 hours, but only for 48 hours. Rapid antigen testing is only approved for 24 hours and over 48 hours. The Federal Council explains the tightening of these screws because of the need to increase the safety of the results in dealing with infection.
The government wants to impose repeated tests on all compulsory and intermediate II schools. Alain Borset asked for it on several occasions, but most zones did not follow. We will see during the consultation whether this resistance will decrease or last.
Arthur Crosszene He has been a political correspondent at the Federal Palace since August 2011. He has been a journalist for over 30 years. He has held various positions as Head of Division (Switzerland, Geneva) and Vice-Chancellor.