Masks Are No Longer Legally Required in Swiss Live performance Halls

(The Tonhalle Zürich. Picture Credit score: Georg Aerni)


Masks-wearing is now not a authorized requirement for concertgoers in Switzerland. The information comes as a part of a wider resolution by the Swiss authorities to drop most of its pandemic restrictions: as of February 17, masks necessities are now not in place in public settings akin to retailers, eating places, and workplaces.

As well as, entry to large-scale occasions akin to live shows will now not be restricted based mostly on viewers numbers, nor will such occasions require proof of vaccination for entry. The Swiss authorities says the choice has been made based mostly on the truth that report ranges of Omicron infections haven’t been accompanied by a big rise in hospitalizations.

Regardless of the change in laws, nonetheless, not all Swiss live performance halls are opting to loosen the principles. As an example, masks are nonetheless required in each the small and huge halls on the Tonhalle Zürich, although the live performance corridor will re-open its bar and bistro — and entrance will now not be depending on vaccination certificates.

The Basel Chamber Orchestra is one other ensemble that, in keeping with their most up-to-date internet replace, will nonetheless be requiring masks use.

“Switzerland is taking a decisive and necessary step in direction of normality,” mentioned Swiss President Ignazio Cassis. “The virus is there. We’re studying the best way to stay with the virus.”

“The Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG respects the person wants of visitors for defense and has subsequently come to the conclusion, in session with the Zurich Opera Home, the Zurich Playhouse and different theaters, that the masks will stay necessary in each halls of the Zurich Tonhalle in the intervening time,” wrote the Tonhalle Zürich in an announcement.


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