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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

19th October 2020

Due to the current development of the corona pandemic, from Monday, October 19, 2020, the Federal Council has, among other things, decreed the wearing of masks for all publicly accessible interiors. However, the cantons are still responsible for defining the obligation to wear a mask in educational institutions. The cantonal protection concept for the Uri primary school provides for an extension of the mask-wearing obligation to include adults.

The corona situation has worsened throughout Switzerland and also in Uri in recent weeks. For this reason, the Federal Council issued nationwide measures from Monday, October 19, 2020. This also includes the obligation to wear a mask for all publicly accessible interiors. However, the obligation to wear a face mask only applies in compulsory schools, upper secondary and tertiary schools if it is provided for in the relevant protection concept. The cantons are therefore still responsible for structuring the obligation to wear a mask in educational institutions.

Based on these new requirements, the Education and Culture Directorate of the Canton of Uri (BKD), in conjunction with the special Covid-19 staff and the cantonal medical service, reassessed the corona situation. Together they came to the conclusion that in elementary school the mask requirement in school buildings should be limited to adults for the time being. In situations where the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained or other protective measures (e.g. plexiglass panes) are in place, teachers are allowed to remove the mask, especially since it is extremely important for many students to express the facial expressions and the movements of the mouth of the teachers to be able to read. The corresponding adjustments can be found in the updated cantonal protection concept for the primary schools in Uri; it applies from Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Separate protection concepts apply to the secondary schools at secondary level II (Vocational and Advanced Training Center Uri and Cantonal Middle School Uri). At the Uri Cantonal Middle School and at the Uri Vocational and Advanced Training Center, the requirement to wear a mask had already been gradually adapted or extended to the special conditions over the past few weeks.

From an epidemiological point of view, a further extension of the mask-wearing requirement in elementary school is not indicated for the time being. The primary goal remains to protect the pupils and teachers from infection in school. “Should the situation worsen, we will take further protective measures,” said government councilor Beat Jörg, director of education and culture for the canton of Uri. A further expansion of the mask-wearing requirement in schools in Uri is conceivable, followed by a switch to half-class lessons and, as a final measure, distance learning. “So we want to stick to face-to-face teaching as long as possible,” says Beat Jörg. “Because the direct and immediate exchange between pupils and teachers is at the core of successful teaching for us.”

Inquiries from media representatives: David Zurfluh, Head of the Office for Elementary Schools, phone +41 41 875 2053, mobile +41 79 724 7990, email

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