This week, Switzerland’s government set out the three phases of its plan to return to normal at a press conference recorded by RTS.
The first is the protection phase, which we are currently in. This involves vaccinating the vulnerable and could last until the end of May 2021.
The second is the stabilisation phase. This involves vaccinating all adults who want the shot. At this point bars could begin to open and larger events could be allowed with access limited to those who have been vaccinated, recovered or recently tested negative. This phase could last until the end of July 2021.
The third phase, known as the normalisation phase, would involve a gradual wind down of remaining measures as the number of cases declines.
Much of what happens depends on vaccination progress, which depends on the level of voluntary uptake. Alain Berset, Switzerland’s minister of health has called for people to get vaccinated, describing it as more than a personal act but also an act of solidarity.