Swiss Voters Set to Support Covid Passes for Bars, Restaurants
(Bloomberg) -- The majority of Swiss are in favor of a law that permits the mandatory use of Covid-19 certificates for access to indoor spaces and events as Europe battles a winter surge in infections.
Some 61% of voters back a referendum, which also covers financial pandemic relief, according to a poll for broadcaster SRG published Wednesday. About 38% were against it, while 1% remained undecided. The vote takes place on Nov. 28.
The certificates, which show a person has either been fully inoculated, tested negative or recovered from past infection, have been a polarizing topic among the Swiss since they were introduced in September -- and especially since the government stopped offering free testing for those without symptoms.
Opponents have held regular protests, arguing the passes lead to discrimination and represent a back-door vaccine mandate. The government has said they’re necessary to curb infections amid a lagging vaccination rate and to avoid renewed lockdowns.
Switzerland is behind many other European countries in vaccination rates, with less than 65% fully immunized. Infections in the country of 8.5 million people have been on a steady rise since mid-October, reaching 4,297 new cases on Nov. 16, compared with numbers below 3,000 early November.
A vote to improve work conditions for health-care staff is also set to be waved through, while a proposal to change the way federal judges are selected is likely to fail, according to the survey.
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