Coronavirus: Basel’s Fasnacht Carneval is cancelled

28.02.2020 (12:00) Press Release
Executive Council

At an extraordinary meeting held today, the Executive Council decided to prohibit events organised for the Fasnacht Carneval 2020. The decision was made in light of the ordinance issued by the Federal Council this morning on measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Executive Council is aware that implementing this federal ordinance is asking a lot of the people and community of Basel. It therefore appeals to the people’s sense of personal responsibility and shared solidarity. It is only by working together that the Basel region will be able to protect itself against the rapidly spreading coronavirus in the coming weeks.

At an extraordinary meeting held today, the Executive Council decided to prohibit events organised for the Fasnacht Carneval 2020. This ruling will affect all private and public events bearing the characteristics of a carnival, meaning if they are an attraction for the public during the Fasnacht Carneval period. This includes in particular the Morgenstreich parade (the lights will not be turned off), the Cortège, events with Schnitzelbank singers, farewell events like the Kehrausball and Schnitzelbank singers, farewell evenings, brass band concerts, lantern exhibitions and floats, dances/balls and Stroll Sundays. Catering businesses may continue their business as usual.

These principles overrule any conflicting regulations governing the Basel Fasnacht Carneval. This means that all permits issued specifically for the carnival are no longer valid in accordance with the Ordinance on the Hospitality Law and the Ordinance on the Use of Public Spaces. Even the cantonal police’s carnival regulations no longer apply under these new circumstances. However, the normal regulations governing noise and traffic apply.

The Executive Council’s decision was made in light of the ordinance issued by the Federal Council this morning on measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This prohibits the hosting of public or private events in Switzerland that bring together 1,000 or more people.

In accordance with the ordinance of the Federal Council, the event organisers are responsible for conducting a risk assessment together with the competent cantonal authority in order to decide whether events involving less than 1,000 participants should go ahead or not. The Executive Council has put the Department of Health in charge of this risk assessment as well as the general monitoring of how the Federal Council’s ordinance is being implemented.

The Executive Council is aware that implementing this federal ordinance is asking a lot of the people and community of Basel. They are aware of how disappointing this news is to many of the guests intending to join in the carnival. Today’s decision was reached after careful deliberation and monitoring of the developments in the coronavirus. The virus even spread to the Canton of Basel-Stadt yesterday: A daycare worker returning from Milan tested positive for the coronavirus as did a young man who lives outside of the canton.

The Executive Council therefore appeals to the people’s sense of personal responsibility and shared solidarity. It is only by working together that the region will be able to protect itself against the rapidly spreading coronavirus in the coming weeks. We must all therefore follow the basic rules of conduct:

  • If you do not feel well, please stay at home and call your GP by phone.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and place it in the bin immediately. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid coming into close contact with people suffering from respiratory diseases.

If your symptoms have been confirmed as those of the coronavirus:

  • Contact your GP or healthcare facility by phone.
  • Do not enter a doctor’s surgery without having received prior instructions from the doctor.
  • Samples of your blood will be taken at the University Hospital of Basel, and at the University Children’s hospital Basel for younger patients. Organise your own transport, do not use public transport or taxis to get to the hospital.
  • Staff in the cantonal medical service are keeping a log of the people who have come into contact with patients. If an individual needs to be quarantined, they will be asked to stay at home as the first choice and looked after if necessary.

Note:
All of the information relating to the coronavirus in the Canton of Basel-Stadt can be found on www.coronavirus.bs.ch