Geneva closes its nightclubs : the French presumed guilty - The Point

The euphoria was short lived for the owners of nightclubs, dance halls, night clubs and other evening entertainment, which had reopened in Geneva and throughout

Geneva closes its nightclubs : the French presumed guilty - The Point

The euphoria was short lived for the owners of nightclubs, dance halls, night clubs and other evening entertainment, which had reopened in Geneva and throughout Switzerland. Their schools are again closed since Friday, and up until the 23 August at least. Reason ? The canton of Geneva, which is only 500 000 inhabitants, registers one third of new infections across the whole of Switzerland (eight million inhabitants). The percentage of positive tests has soared from 2% to 9%. And most importantly, a good part of the contamination takes place in night clubs.

"We're going back again in a critical situation," said Antonio Hodgers, the president of the State Council (government) of Geneva. While until now, the measures taken since the beginning of the containment were significantly less strict than in France. On the shores of lake Geneva, the population has never been a constraint, as in France, to complete certificates of displacement override, and then returns moving more than 100 miles from his residence. Mauro Poggia, minister of Health, this critical situation is primarily due to the proximity of the French border.

Avoid the testing to keep his job

In an interview with The Tribune de Genève, the minister finds, first, that young French people, private places to have fun in the Ain and Haute-Savoie, retreated to the city of Calvin. On the other hand, he said, " people from France jobs the interim during the summer in the environments that are festive and restoration. The fact of testing any symptoms, therefore, is not very motivating for them. When you have a contract for two months, it is obvious that if one is tested positive and quarantined, one loses his job. This is not malice, but rather an intention not to make premature steps that could turn against itself. Then, we will more easily convince them that it is a little cold, " says Mauro Poggia.

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Actually, it is difficult to find in Geneva a server in possession of a swiss passport. With 4,000 swiss francs per month (3 600 euro), we live in a stingy way to Geneva, but correctly on the other side of the border. Result, each day, more than 100 000 border come from the Haute-Savoie region, and 20 000 of the Ain. However, Mauro Poggia, head of the department (ministry) of the Security, Employment and Health, softens and then his comments in The Tribune de Genève by swearing that he does not want to stigmatize the French, " because I would appreciate little that they say the same thing as we are."

Even if Mauro Poggia has put a lot of water in its wine since its entry to the government of geneva, he comes, however, a far-right political party, the Mouvement citoyens genevois (MCG), which was running regularly in the border of all evils.

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