After the first cantons wanted to decide on a mask requirement in public transport today, Federal Councilor Alain Berset (48) is now moving forward. At today’s meeting of the Federal Council, he requested that a general mask wearing obligation be introduced in public transport from tonight. This obligation to wear a mask should apply to public transport throughout Switzerland – with the exception of cable cars. The daily newspaper reports.
There is definitely a chance of a majority in the Federal Council, it continues. What he will decide is open. The train staff, the railway police and the police corps of cantons and cities should ensure compliance with any mask requirement.
Berset still saw the cantons on duty on Monday. But since then, the pressure to introduce a mask requirement has increased. The cantons of Geneva, Bern and Ticino, for example, had announced that they would today alone decide on a cantonal mask requirement. The result would be a patchwork that you want to avoid on this issue.
However, Berset is said to have been urged by other members of the Federal Council to submit his request, as the administration says. The Confederation has a duty and should not simply leave this question to the cantons.
Scientists also spoke out, worried. He had held back a lot in the past two months, tweeted neuropathologist Adriano Aguzzi from Zurich University Hospital, who had worked early for a lockdown. But now he could no longer be silent. «Our ministers must finally show leadership!» he demands. “We know that masks significantly reduce transmission. Masks in public transport are the least you can ask for! »
And a mask requirement would also go down well with the population. In a new survey, three quarters of the respondents favor it.