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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German16. October 2020 The government council reacts to the recent sharp increase in the number of corona cases and decides on further measures. These mainly affect events. The measures will apply from Monday, October 19, 2020.The Nidwalden government council is taking extended protective measures to combat the corona virus due to the recent significant increase in the number of cases. To this end, it has issued a cantonal Covid 19 ordinance that will come into force on October 19, 2020. Accordingly, from next Monday in the canton of Nidwalden there will be a general mask requirement for: public and private events with more than 50 participants; for services that involve regular physical contact, including hairdressing salons, massage, tattoo or cosmetic studios Nidwalden imposes a situational mask requirement, which is applied if the required minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept continuously. This applies to: public and private events with up to 50 participants; publicly accessible interiors, in particular sales rooms, post offices, cinemas and places of worship; catering establishments such as restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, discos and dance halls in which people consume standing up; other services such as taxi companies and driving schools, where the minimum distance can also not be maintained continuously and no other protective measures such as plexiglass are available. responsible for information and correct implementation. Children under the age of 12 and people with proof that they cannot wear a mask for special reasons are generally exempt from the mask requirement. The rules that are already in force, such as the requirement to wear a mask in public transport, protection concepts for catering establishments or the authorization requirement for major events, will remain in place as before. In addition, the health department again appeals to the population to adhere to the hygiene and distance rules and to use the SwissCovid app. “These measures remain the most important factors in the fight against the spread of the virus,” explains Health and Social Affairs Director Michèle Blöchliger. With the expanded measures, the government council is primarily targeting events because these have recently proven to be the most common source of transmission. “Most people get infected in their family and private environment,” says Michèle Blöchliger. Therefore, at the present time, it is not advisable to hold events or celebrations in which crowds are inevitable and vulnerable people are present. Infections are also increasing in the workplace. It is therefore recommended that companies increasingly rely on home offices or spatial separation of employees. Since, however, there are currently no indications of frequent infections in stores, a general mask requirement in this area has been waived for the time being. “The shop owners are free to introduce one,” says Michèle Blöchliger. In sales outlets where the minimum distance cannot regularly be observed, a mask requirement applies from Monday. Almost 100 new cases in the last 14 days “Our aim is not to avoid every single infection, but to increase the frequency of illnesses decrease so that the curve does not continue to rise exponentially as it did last, ”emphasizes Michèle Blöchliger. In the past two weeks, the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the canton of Nidwalden has climbed from 152 to 240. “At the moment we are in the fortunate position that we have practically no difficult courses or hospitalizations. However, this can change within a short period of time, as examples from other cantons show. The faster we act now, the smaller the restrictions for the population and the economy – and the better we can protect people at risk and thus our health facilities, “continues Michèle Blöchliger. Due to the urgency, the cantonal Covid-19 will come into force Regulation on the media release and congruent information on the website Publication in the official gazette will be made as soon as possible. → To the FAQ on the extended protective measures in Nidwalden

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