Cantonal authorities ordered the new measures “in view of the acceleration of infections and their burden on the healthcare system.”
Just like in the other French-speaking cantons, new rules include the closure of bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas, theaters, fitness centres, and sports facilities from Wednesday 5 pm until November 30th.
Public and private meetings are permitted for up to five people. Schools will remain open.
— Etat de Vaud (@EtatdeVaud) November 3, 2020
In that canton, only ‘essential businesses’ like grocery stores and pharmacies are open, while Vaud is allowing all shops, as well as wellness and personal care services such as hairdressers to continue to operate.
Vaud’s measures are more aligned with those implemented in Neuchâtel, Fribourg and Jura.
Vaud’s Economy Minister Philippe Leuba explained that non-essential businesses are kept open, as it is important to find “a balance” between health and economic needs.
He added that health authorities had not detected any coronavirus outbreaks in these sectors, “because rules are well followed.”