Simonetta Sommaruga : I hope it is. Prior to three and a half weeks ago, I said: It’s a jolt has to go through our country. And this jerk has taken place. Luckily! The spread of the Virus slows down, the hospitals are not overloaded. Now, it is essential that we comply with the distance – and hygiene rules, just over the Easter days. Then we can make the first relaxations.

First, there must be no increase in the infection more. And for those areas where re-worked, it needs a protection concept. Not that we trigger a new wave. Which industries fall specifically under the relaxations, the Federal Council will decide next week.

We were neither over-cautious nor reckless. We were realistic. Switzerland has an excellent health system. What was necessary in the preparation that was made, thanks to the incredible dedication of the staff.

Now, at one stage, it comes comes to join locker with a protection concept. Because it deals with questions such as: How do we use masks? How much do we test? But to isolate in Switzerland, so-called risk groups completely, it is unimaginable for me.

We are talking of very many people. Since all who are over 65 years old are initially. Add to that those people who have a pre-existing condition such as cancer, Diabetes or high blood pressure. These groups of people cut off completely from the outside world, is not practical.

no. Because we have asked employers to encourage the home office and where this is not possible – the protection of employees ensure. Employers have a duty of care towards their employees. It is also in your interest to protect the employees. The farms that I visited to put this. The Federal Council can regulate every single work relationship. There is no solution that fits all.

The Federal Council guarantees with historically high amounts, that wages continue to be paid and liquidity is available. But times remain hard. If abroad, the economy collapses, strikes back on us, because our company earn every second franc abroad.

… that’s exactly why the Federal Council has acted promptly – as soon as the government in no other country. Most of the cantons, by the way. Pulses will also need, and they will come. When I look at my Department: We will invest a lot of money in the maintenance of the railway, since we are talking of billion-dollar amounts. We want to promote renewable energies and building renovation, which secures the commercial contracts and work. We prefer projects that we can give meaningful impulses.

The cooperation in the Bundesrat is critical. As President, it is important to me, all of the take the population. Especially now, when Parliament is not in session, it is crucial to maintain broad contacts in person. That’s why I’m going into companies and hospitals – to learn, what problems face them. I spoke with the social partners, the Parliament and Commission presidents invited and local councillors made. In the current Situation, you have to be creative.

Yes. For me, it is very important that Parliament is back in session. In Switzerland, important Decisions are taken by Parliament and not by the Federal Council alone.

that is the impression I got. From my many contacts in the last few weeks, I have heard that the Federal Council’s objectives are clear: the health of the population, to keep the economic damage as low as possible and help immediately, help! The question how to do it in the long term, there are different ideas. That is a good thing.

Should support the Federal aviation, there are strict requirements. So no money is allowed to flow abroad, and there are no dividends may be paid until the tax monies are refundable. Ask yourself, why are we doing this anyway?

Because we want to protect jobs in Switzerland and because this is for our country, a critical infrastructure. Clearly The climate is, however, and environmental protection measures are not undermined because of it. The Parliament is about to adopt a CO2-law, including the airline ticket tax. I assume that it is shaken. The Paris agreement remains valid.

This would definitely be the wrong decision. Because the environment will remain problems even if they are just slightly moved in the Background. We have a responsibility to future generations.

The Federal Council has supported the self-employed who were affected by the immediate action directly. As quickly as the other SMEs. That the crisis is now self-employed, allowed to work, but no customers have is the Federal Council and the cantons aware of. Here, in the search for solutions.

The Federal government can’t do everywhere, with the big dipper. But I assure you: the cantons are aware of the problems. For example, in the nursery.

The Situation of Care is not only since the Corona is difficult. This is the reason why the Federal Council supports the counter-proposal to the care Initiative. In fact, the nursing staff is doing Incredible. But let’s not forget: Quite a lot of others do also.

Take, for example, the food supply. What are the people in the logistics or the staff at the ticket offices day-to-day, is no less impressive. We are actually experiencing in this Phase of the crisis, Switzerland, where so much is possible, what we could not imagine before, maybe not.

I have fought for years to ensure that women and men for the same work receive the same wage. This law is now in force. But it’s true: women are more likely to be in Occupations which are poorly paid. Or you work part-time and, therefore, dismissal, and partly as a First meeting. Also, childcare will remain in the current Situation, where both parents home office, often to the women.

But the Federal Council has not forgotten you. Last Wednesday, he has decided that those 200’000 people who work on-call, can benefit from the short-time working compensation. This provides a degree of protection for persons in particularly precarious conditions.

solidarity, were able to experience we all. And that we find new forms, to be close to one another. So I can’t visit my mother over Easter. I’m going to audition her on the phone a little on the piano. You can choose a piece.


Simonetta Sommaruga (59) is head of the Department of the environment, transport, energy and communications. The trained concert pianist in 2010 was elected to the Federal Council, and is since the beginning of the year for the second Time the Federal President. The SP-politician is married to the writer Lukas Hartmann.


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.