GENEVA (NWN) – A move by Swiss police in a resort town to shut down a restaurant because its owners flouted a government requirement to check patrons’ COVID-19 passes, with some people again have come under stress from those who see such measures as a violation. civil rights.
Police broke into a 19th-century Walliserken restaurant a day earlier in Zermatt, a resort town at the foot of the famous Matterhorn peak, and shut it down after its owners defied closure orders and continued to serve, Swiss media reported on Monday. done.
The three owners who were taken into custody allegedly turned a pile of cinder blocks that police used to lock the front entrance into a makeshift bar and allow patrons to enter from behind Was.
The showdown points to renewed tensions in Switzerland and government measures aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic that some claim are running on civil liberties. Reports said dozens of people flocked to the restaurant over the weekend to protest the arrest.
Police in the southern Wallis area said in a statement that the three restaurants refused to close the eatery and ignored several warnings to respect health measures, despite officials’ efforts to engage in talks with them.
Switzerland, like some other European countries, has taken several steps to fight the pandemic such as requiring restaurant managers to request proof of vaccination, recent recovery from illness or current negative tests before serving to patrons.
The affluent Alpine country of about 8.5 million people, whose ski slopes and winter sports are a major attraction for tourists, has recorded an average of about 1,300 new cases of COVID-19 in recent days, up from about 870 in mid-October. Although the average daily deaths since the beginning of April have been less than 10.