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Switzerland recommends face masks in all businesses

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After a marked increase in coronavirus infections, the federal authorities in Switzerland have recommended the wearing of a face mask in all commercial and public places.

“The situation is serious, we need to shift up a gear,” said director of the Federal Health Office in Bern, Pascal Strupler, on Thursday.

So far, a face mask is only compulsory on public transport in Switzerland.

The federal authorities can only recommend the measure and not impose it, as the cantons are competent for such a measure.

In Geneva, which recorded a particularly high number of infections, and in some other cantons, a mask is already compulsory in shops.

Many cantons have also imposed restrictions on the number of visitors in bars and nightclubs.

The Brussels Times