[En continu] Alain Berset hints at the possibility of possible relaxations

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In Switzerland, variant contaminations increase (more than 5000), but the total name of the house to decrease by 13% in one week. More and more voices are being raised to demand flexibility.

Thebritish economy contracted at a record rate of 9.9% in 2020 due to the shock of the pandemic.

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■ In the United Kingdom, the economy suffered in 2020

Britain’s economy contracted at a record 9.9% in 2020 due to the shock of the pandemic, which crippled entire sectors of activity for months, says the National Statistics Office (ONS). In the fourth quarter, the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United Kingdom increased by 1.0%, after a rebound of 16.1% (revised figure) in the third quarter, specifies the ONS.

■ Some small relaxations envisaged

In an interview with Novelist, the Minister of Health Alain Berset rejected criticism, particularly from the UDC and the PLR, after having showered the hopes of reopening businesses on March 1 last week, reopening is still possible according to him.

We understand the frustrations and also want reopenings

Alain Berset

“The Federal Council will fix the line next week; there will then be a consultation with the cantons, ”he says. While the health situation continues to improve in Switzerland, “we must remain cautious”, due to the increase in cases of infections with new variants.

The Minister of Health rejects the criticisms: “I can see that this situation is unbearable for those who have a store, a restaurant, a cinema”. The Federal Council always listens to all opinions, he assures us. But the evolution of the current health situation “involves significant risks”. He notes, however, that “since the start of the crisis, we have also observed that these voices are expressed loudly each time the situation improves, but that they fall silent when the contaminations explode”.

Open terraces?

In cities, restaurants could be allowed to reopen terraces and outdoor spaces, advance theAargauer Zeitung, the risk of infection tin lower in the open air. According to the German-speaking newspaper, discussions to this effect have taken place between representatives of restaurant associations and the federal administration. An increase in financial aid for businesses is also under consideration.

■ Paid virtual tours, a new challenge for museums

Interactive walks, video games, podcasts: since the start of the pandemic, museums have been competing for initiatives. This offer was initially free, but some institutions are now daring to pay.

Since January, Graceland, the home of the late singer Elvis Presley, has been offering guided tours. For 100 dollars per head, she will make you discover the secrets of the place for two hours. In New York, the Met, the Metropolitan Museum, embarked on paid tours in June and, between July and December, made 116 virtual tours, for more than 2,800 visitors. Price: $ 300 per group of 40 adults maximum, $ 200 for students. The Met also hosted, by interposed screen, nearly 4,000 schoolchildren, including foreign students. And the demand is growing, said the institution.

Other New York museums, such as the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, or that of September 11, have also invested in offers of paid visits. The Louis-Vuitton Foundation in Paris recently offered a paying “live micro-visit” of its exhibition dedicated to Cindy Sherman, while in London, the Design Museum allows you to browse its exhibition on electronic music for 7 pounds per person.

On the other hand, the Parisian Louvre, the most visited museum in the world in 2019, has not yet started. But the subject is “in reflection”, according to a spokesperson.