Gatherings with more than 5 people and group sports are prohibited - New rules released


New measures have been released in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The State Council today organised a press conference to inform the public about the latest decisions. The meeting was attended by the president of the Council of State Norman Gobbi , the director of the Department of Health and Social Affairs Raffaele De Rosa and his counterpart at the Department of Finance and Economy Christian Vitta .

Gatherings with more than 5 people and group sports are prohibited - New rules released
Gatherings with more than 5 people and group sports are prohibited © Pool / CdT / Gabriele Putzu

Gatherings with more than 5 people and group sports are prohibited - New rules released

Gatherings with more than 5 people and group sports are prohibited © Pool / CdT / Gabriele Putzu

CORONAVIRUS The Council of State has adopted new measures to curb infections - Gobbi: ‘Last call, ready for more incisive measures’ - De Rosa: ‘Everyone can have a serious course’ - Vitta: ‘Ready to support the economy’ - IL VIDEO

The first to speak was the president of the government Norman Gobbi , who announced the new measures, which will take effect today. ‘The situation is serious’ - he said - ‘8 months have passed since the beginning of this crisis, we are confronted with a virus that we still know little about and that continues to spread. We all know people infected or in quarantine, the virus is spreading rapidly and this also impacts hospitalisations. We are in autumn and we are moving towards winter, a period in which we are more indoors’.

Here are the rules:

No more than 5 people in public space allowed especially in public squares, walking areas and parks, except for people living within the same household.

Public and private events with more than 5 participants are prohibited .

Exceptions are:

- the assemblies of cantonal and municipal legislative bodies, the mandatory assemblies of public law entities and the collection of signatures which remain admissible as per federal provisions.

- religious celebrations, funerals and weddings that remain admissible up to 30 people, in addition to the people who participate in the event as part of their professional activity and the people who collaborate in its development.

- All group sports activities are prohibited except:

- those of children and young people up to the age of 16, with the exception of competitions;

from the age of 16. training organised by sports clubs affiliated to recognised federations, carried out in the presence of a maximum of 15 people, without contact between the athletes, and for which specific protection plans are prepared; also in this category any competitions are forbidden;

- training and competitions of top athletes who are members of the national cadres of a national sports federation carried out in the presence of a maximum of 15 people or in stable competition teams for which specific protection plans are set up;

- the training and competitions of members of teams that are part of a predominantly professional league for which specific protection plans are prepared.

4. The art. 4, 5 and 5a of the COVID-19 Ordinance, particular situation also apply to the spaces of the structures accessible to the public in which food and drinks are offered for consumption directly on the spot.

5. The surgical mask or a certified fabric mask, in good condition and worn, is mandatory for all staff assigned to service in the catering facilities and in the spaces of the facilities accessible to the public where food and drinks are offered for consumption directly on the spot. so as to cover the mouth and nose.

Visors and similar devices cannot replace the mask. A work plan indicating the time of arrival and departure from the premises must be kept for staff working in the catering facilities and in the spaces of publicly accessible facilities where food and drinks are offered for consumption directly on the spot.

6. In addition to the contexts in which it is mandatory for federal provisions, the use of the face mask remains strongly recommended in all situations in which it is not possible to maintain physical distance, including private vehicles in which non-members travel. to the same household.

7. People who are particularly at risk due to age or previous pathologies are strongly advised to limit the attendance of facilities accessible to the public and public places with a high concentration of people.

8. Anyone who is required to quarantine according to the COVID-19 Ordinance in the field of international passenger traffic must register within two days of his entry, by filling in the appropriate form or by announcing himself to the cantonal hotline COVID-19.

9. Violations of the provisions of this resolution are punishable by law. Appropriate administrative measures may also be adopted, including the closure of individual structures.

10. This resolution enters into force on November 9 and takes effect until November 30.

Requested a return to the extraordinary situation

‘We are aware that these are important limitations, but the situation is serious’ said Gobbi, adding that ‘it will not be bans that will defeat the virus, but our actions’. The government also asked Bern to decree the extraordinary situation, ‘in order to create uniformity in the management of the situation in the health sector’. Not only. The cantonal conducting staff was put in a state of readiness. ‘It is a last call, if the infections do not decrease we risk having to take even more incisive measures’ said Gobbi.

Hospitals in trouble, ‘Ready to order staff and block non-urgent activities’

The word was then passed to the director of the DSS Raffaele De Rosa: ‘The situation demands a timeliness that knows no holiday. The numbers of infections are growing, affecting all age groups. The second wave came faster and stronger’. ‘Unlike March, we are also approaching winter’. The second wave will be longer than the first’. ‘The health system cannot be put under stress for too long a period, we all must do our part to preserve the stability of the system’ continued De Rosa, thanking all those who are at the front in hospitals, elderly homes, institutes for disabled people, but also pharmacists and family doctors.

‘The pressure on the hospitals is already on high alert. I see concern and fatigue in the eyes of the treating staff, but also the commitment and sacrifice in caring for the sick. If we want to help them we must follow the recommendations. We owe it to ourselves, but also to them. The infections of these days will partly result in hospitalisations. The patients at Charity and Moncucco increase by 15-20 a day’. ‘Taking thisd into consideration, hospital capacity was increased: 82 intensive care beds, 20 intermediate care beds, 320 in the acute wards of the two COVID facilities and another 150 for stable patients (in Faido, all’Italiano and Castelrotto). The goal is to reach 600 beds: ‘

If this is not achieved in a collaborative way between the hospitals, we will be forced to reduce or block non-urgent surgical activities’, explained De Rosa. ‘We will seek spontaneous collaboration with the various structures. Where this is not possible, we will foreclose on staff and reduce non-urgent activities’.’’

One in 4 patients is under the age of 60

As for the patients, 25% are under the age of 60, said De Rosa: ‘There are 30-year-old patients hospitalised in intensive care. We could all be exposed to a severe course of the disease’.

170 infections in the elderly home

In homes for the elderly, there are currently about 170 positive residents. ‘As in society, contagions are on the rise in elderly homes. The situation is closely monitored by the cantonal doctor’s office. From now on, the individual institutes will directly communicate any infections’. ‘Solidarity between generations and the ability to be united will allow us to make a difference’ he concluded.

The government will support the economy

The director of the DFE Christian Vitta recalled the sacrifices of those who have an activity and therefore find themselves in difficulty. ‘In the spring, the canton and the Confederation contributed more than CHF 2 billion in aid’ he recalled. Added to this are COVID loans. ‘After a summer that gave us a moment of respite, this second wave creates uncertainty. For this reason, the government will continue to support the economy, especially the sectors in difficulty. The Government is actively participating in the consultation of the Confederation regarding a new financial support instrument to be implemented between the canton and the Confederation linked to hardship cases’.

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