In doing so, all parties are breaking a taboo. In a joint letter, party presidents put pressure on the Federal Council to control the borders more closely. The trigger for the claim is likely to be the mutant virus introduced by British winter tourists. The Federal Council reacted with tough measures across Switzerland, but these came too late. The national borders also remain largely open as always.
From the SVP to the Greens, a comprehensive test system is now required at the borders, which is to apply to both incoming and returning Swiss from abroad. The parties demand this in a jointly signed letter to the Federal Council, such as the “Sunday newspaper” reported.
FDP President Petra Gössi (45) explains: “The Federal Council must finally create clear rules for people entering Switzerland.” Fewer tourists are consciously desired. Tests and quarantines for newcomers and, if necessary, cross-border commuters are unfortunately necessary, says Jürg Grossen (51), GLP President and initiator of the letter. “This is the only way we can protect the health of the population and the effects of our measures, as the experience of recent weeks has shown.”
Also take cross-border commuters to account
The measures required in the letter are tough and break previous taboos. The implementation of the demand would bring tourism, which has already collapsed, to an almost complete standstill. But even the SVP, voice of business, is backing a stricter border regime to avoid contagion by signing the letter.
According to this, travelers should either have to present a PCR test or do a quick test on site. In addition, a five-day quarantine obligation should apply to all travelers, regardless of where they come from and whether they have a negative test.
This should also make cross-border commuters and day-to-day business travelers responsible. A so-called screening concept should be created for cross-border commuters, business travelers and other people who only stay in Switzerland on a daily basis: companies that employ cross-border commuters and hotels that accommodate business travelers should be obliged to have their employees and guests tested every three days . (kes)