Anyone traveling to Germany from a Swiss risk area must present a negative test result or self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition to the other exceptions, Germany would like to introduce one for shopping tourism.
On the airwaves of Radio SRF on Friday, the Swiss ambassador to Germany, Paul Seger, spoke of a model order that could come into force on November 8.
“If this model ordinance comes into force, it will be possible to continue shopping tourism without restrictions. It will then be possible to travel in Germany for 24 hours,” he said. Which is not yet the case today. “But if this model order is adopted, as we have heard, it will be possible to do so from November 8,” said Paul Seger.
Leisure and shopping tourism impacted
The current restrictions mainly affect leisure tourism and shopping tourism. Exceptions already exist for commuters, cross-border goods traffic, schoolchildren, married couples or couples in a stable relationship, as well as for people who must enter the country for professional or medical reasons.
So far, on the German side, it has always been clearly said “that the border will be left open in all circumstances”, added Paul Seger. “So in the future it should remain open even for small cross-border traffic.”
For the record, Germany put eight more Swiss cantons on its list of regions at risk on Thursday. As of Saturday, Friborg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zurich and Zug join Vaud and Geneva on the said list.
People from its cantons must quarantine for 14 days or present the results of a negative test less than 48 hours old. Unless you are part of the groups for which there are exceptions.
Several criteria taken into account
To establish its list of regions at risk, Germany takes several elements into account. First, the limit is set at 50 cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days. An assessment is then carried out in relation to the types of sources of contamination (local or national), the capacities to be tested, the number of tests carried out per inhabitant and the measures taken to contain the epidemic.
This assessment could explain why the whole of Switzerland, all of whose cantons exceeded the bar of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, was not put on the list. For example, the canton of Bern is not part of it despite a high number of cases. But it is also the canton that has reinforced the obligation to wear the mask the most.