Swiss theatres allowed to reopen with restrictions

David Mead

Following news that dance companies are back to work in a few countries, albeit with restrictions, comes news from Switzerland that theatres will allowed to reopen from June 6 subject to various precautions being in place.

In a statement, the Opera House in Zürich, home of Ballett Zürich, says:

“The positive epidemiological developments with regard to the new coronavirus in Switzerland mean closures and distancing requirements for theaters can be relaxed. In its 27 May 2020 decision, the Swiss Federal Council permitted events with a maximum of 300 people. Beginning 6 June 2020, theater performances and concerts will again be possible, under certain conditions.

“These relaxation measures will allow the Opernhaus Zürich to resume rehearsals and performances in a reduced form, and in strict compliance with hygiene and distancing regulations, before the summer break. The Opernhaus Zürich will provide information regarding program planning for the rest of the current season as soon as possible.

Director Andreas Homoki says “The last few weeks and months have made us all painfully aware of how important personal encounters are, and how much we in the theater have missed direct contact with our audience. We are therefore very pleased about the relaxation measures and the newly-won opportunities to meet our Zurich audience in person again in the current season, with a program adapted to the situation.”

The limit on the number of people at events will be reviewed by the Swiss government on June 24, when they will consider lifting it to 1,000 people, although large events will not be possible until the end of August.

Switzerland has already reopened shops, schools and beauty salons. It has also confirmed plans to lift travel restrictions with France, Germany and Austria on June 15, and with all other Schengen zone member countries except Italy by July 6.