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Presenting Switzerland’s new look

Published on 28/04/2020

Off to the hairdresser, the florist or the DIY superstore: Monday was the first day that people in Switzerland slowly began emerging from the coronavirus lockdown. Masks remain an omnipresent reminder of the danger.

After five weeks of the semi-lockdown measures ordered by the Swiss government, the population can resume a few activities that had been forbidden.

You don’t need to be a psychic to predict that hair salons will be very busy in the next days, either taming outgrown manes or trying to fix botched attempts to cut and colour at home.

People can also visit cosmetic and nail studios, as well as DIY and garden centres. At the same time, doctors, dentists and physiotherapists can open their doors for non-urgent appointments. Hospitals can carry out the procedures that had to be postponed on account of Covid-19.

But social distancing and hygiene rules for stopping the spread of the virus are still in effect, and groups should still be limited to five people.

In general, people are not required to wear masks. But stores need to uphold strict hygiene rules while ensuring that there is enough distance between customers. Schools and other shops are expected to open in two weeks.

If there is not a clear increase in the number of infections, upper secondary and vocational schools, plus universities and other higher education institutions, should be able to re-open on June 8, along with museums, libraries and zoos.

The coronavirus crisis in photos – our continually updated gallery about life in Switzerland during the semi-lockdown:

Adapted from German by Susan Misicka,