Hair salons, beauticians, physios, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, dentists and doctors in Geneva and the rest of Switzerland have been given the green light to open their doors on the 27th of April, provided they follow required procedures to adequately protect their clients and employees against infection.
This Federal Government announcement on April 16th forms part of the first step towards the relaxation of the restriction measures implemented weeks ago in Switzerland to curb the spread of the corona virus pandemic.
The first wave of shops to reopen, include beauticians, hair salons, dentists, physiotherapists, doctors, massage and tattoo parlours and other personal services, as well as garden centres, DIY stores and florists.
Restrictions on the range of products that can be sold at supermarkets will be lifted too, the government spokesman said.
Funerals will also be allowed to be conducted if they adhere to certain restrictions.
The second step towards lifting restrictions will mean the opening of all ‘compulsory’ schools in Geneva and Switzerland on the 11th of May and the third wave of restrictions are only expected to be implemented on the 8th of June, but is likely to include higher education establishments, museums, zoos and libraries, providing there is no resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A media spokesman for the Federal Government stressed that the government would need time to carefully assess the impact of the lifting of the measures during the first two phases, before any further decisions would be taken.
No decision has yet been taken about bigger gatherings.
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Masks are not obligatory, but recommended for people who are vulnerable, ill and hospital workers.