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My son who is doing his military service will be sent home on Sunday. He has been posted to a hospital in Uznach. He will come home from the barracks he is stationed to in Moudon to Zurich on public transport (fair enough).

His posting is half an hour's drive from our home and one hour and 10 minute journey by public transport, even assuming all connections are working. He has requested special permission to drive. It is a rule in the Army that men must use public transport when in uniform and he will be attending the hospital in uniform. He pointed out that it would be much safer to use his own car. The Army is considering the request ... ??

He has, however, been told he must NOT use public transport when he is not in uniform due to the increased risk of infection Those uniforms must be made of strong stuff! How totally ridiculous.
I'm surprised your son gets to come home, I thought they said at the press conference that none of the military staff gets to leave.

However, is there some info missing in your post? Guess he enlisted in uniform = with public transport. How could he drive back then? With what car? Did you forget to mention that the plan was you picking him up by car and the military doesn't want parental tourism?
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This is a lovely thread and I hope it makes some matches happen!


This site was shared with me today, and I wanted to pass it along as I don't think it has been shared on this thread yet. You can register for help or volunteer to help.


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On Friday, March 20 at 12:30 people in Switzerland are showing their support for medical staff and healthcare workers by giving them a 60-second round of applause, from their balconies or gardens. If you take part, please send us a photo. email :english@swissinfo.ch


i'm not there so c'mon guys! it's free to do!






I'm all for giving praise where praise is due however, frankly speaking and people can criticize me all they want, but I don't see a reason to clap. First of all, they are doing their job. In addition, we're only about 2 weeks into the moderate increase in cases. The real test for our medical staff has yet to come. Who in my opinion deserves a praise are grocery store staff. They've been putting up with the endless barrage of idiot customers and they're forced to be exposed to potentially infected people.
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Old 20.03.2020, 11:26
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I'm surprised your son gets to come home, I thought they said at the press conference that none of the military staff gets to leave.

However, is there some info missing in your post? Guess he enlisted in uniform = with public transport. How could he drive back then? With what car? Did you forget to mention that the plan was you picking him up by car and the military doesn't want parental tourism?
She clearly said he would get back from the barracks using public transport.

Starting Monday is is assigned to work in a hospital and would prefer to get to this post by car as it is safer and quicker for him. I assume from her post that there is a car at home available for him to use for this purpose but he needs permission from the military before he can do this.

It all seemed very clear to me. Or maybe it’s me who has misunderstood.
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My son who is doing his military service will be sent home on Sunday. He has been posted to a hospital in Uznach. He will come home from the barracks he is stationed to in Moudon to Zurich on public transport (fair enough).

His posting is half an hour's drive from our home and one hour and 10 minute journey by public transport, even assuming all connections are working. He has requested special permission to drive. It is a rule in the Army that men must use public transport when in uniform and he will be attending the hospital in uniform. He pointed out that it would be much safer to use his own car. The Army is considering the request ... ??

He has, however, been told he must NOT use public transport when he is not in uniform due to the increased risk of infection Those uniforms must be made of strong stuff! How totally ridiculous.
Can't he change into his uniform when he parks the car? Don't really understand the dilemma.
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I'm wondering if the Govt. will ask the big supermarkets to open on Sundays to spread the peak shopping time even more.
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Can't he change into his uniform when he parks the car? Don't really understand the dilemma.
While working for the army, one is, in a sense, their "property", in that the military rules apply. Therefore, he has to obey their orders. And if he wants something different, then he has to request permission.

And the military authorities, too, will be muddling along trying to juggle pre-existing regulations with this new circumstance.

A lot of compromises are being made, to enable pragmatism, so it is highly likely that a sensible solution will be found about the rules for the young man's transport, it just might take a week or two till someone has time to decide about and authorise it.
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I'm wondering if the Govt. will ask the big supermarkets to open on Sundays to spread the peak shopping time even more.
Doubt that. People will just go shopping for the sake of getting out the house.

For a moment I thought I forgot to get salt. Funny how that got me all active. I was just about to take up my neighbour on her offer to bring me stuff tonight when I realized I started storing the salt in a glass container lately.
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My son who is doing his military service will be sent home on Sunday. He has been posted to a hospital in Uznach. He will come home from the barracks he is stationed to in Moudon to Zurich on public transport (fair enough).

His posting is half an hour's drive from our home and one hour and 10 minute journey by public transport, even assuming all connections are working. He has requested special permission to drive. It is a rule in the Army that men must use public transport when in uniform and he will be attending the hospital in uniform. He pointed out that it would be much safer to use his own car. The Army is considering the request ... ??

He has, however, been told he must NOT use public transport when he is not in uniform due to the increased risk of infection Those uniforms must be made of strong stuff! How totally ridiculous.
Don't the Swiss Army issue NBC ( Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare ) suits like many NATO troops have ?

The BAOR used them a lot as part of their Cold War turns hot exercises in West Germany during the
Cold War.
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I'm wondering if the Govt. will ask the big supermarkets to open on Sundays to spread the peak shopping time even more.
I hope not! The poor shop assistants have to have a break sometime.
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The fact that your son has had to put in a request to use a car may in this case also (in addition to the general rule pro public transport) have to do with the question of parking. Perhaps he could find a way to contribute to a solution (investiage the parking-lot, see if there are others in the area, where he could park and walk the last bit, etc., see if he could get a permit to park on the streets, etc.). I hope this works out for him!
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Actually the rule on not using public transport when in uniform has nothing to do with the current situation. It's effectively a virtue signaling exercise showing that the Army utilises public transport rather than private. Under normal circumstances I would agree with it. As Not All There commented, military intelligence ... a contradiction in terms.
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I'm surprised your son gets to come home, I thought they said at the press conference that none of the military staff gets to leave.

However, is there some info missing in your post? Guess he enlisted in uniform = with public transport. How could he drive back then? With what car? Did you forget to mention that the plan was you picking him up by car and the military doesn't want parental tourism?
He enlisted in mufti obviously. He has been posted to Uznach. Even the Army would consider traveling every day from Moudon a little extreme. I will not be picking him up by car. He will travel home on public transport. I have not left my home(s) for two weeks and am not indulging in any tourism of any kind. My son will be living at home during his posting. The Army decided this not Mummy. He has his own car. Would seem to him and us to be safer if he used that to get to and from his posting. What other information would you like from me?
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She clearly said he would get back from the barracks using public transport.

Starting Monday is is assigned to work in a hospital and would prefer to get to this post by car as it is safer and quicker for him. I assume from her post that there is a car at home available for him to use for this purpose but he needs permission from the military before he can do this.

It all seemed very clear to me. Or maybe it’s me who has misunderstood.
Thank you. You have not misunderstood.
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Don't the Swiss Army issue NBC ( Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare ) suits like many NATO troops have ?

The BAOR used them a lot as part of their Cold War turns hot exercises in West Germany during the
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No idea. My son will apparently be wearing Uniform B which is the typical Army camouflage thing.
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I'm wondering if the Govt. will ask the big supermarkets to open on Sundays to spread the peak shopping time even more.
I very much doubt it. I don't know where you shop but every food shop I've been in there is rarely a crowd, and there certainly isn't a crowd in the food hall where I work. But a lot more people are shopping on line this week.

And talking of the Markthalle im Viadukt. Our landlord PWG Stiftung has just announced that all tenants will pay zero rent in April and May. They're funded by the city of Zürich and I estimate that's about half a million in city subsidy for all us small retailers. Really nice.
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I went to my local Aldi this morning. Dude standing at the door with hand sanitizer. Not too crowded, easy to keep clear of people.

Nothing was restricted - you could buy anything there. Bread was already bagged. Didn’t check on TP. Lots of flour and sugar.

The big difference was that instead of one cashier, there were 4! So no long lines for anyone. And people kept their distance.

And gas is very inexpensive. 1.40 for regular, 1.48 for diesel in Winterthur.
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And talking of the Markthalle im Viadukt. Our landlord PWG Stiftung has just announced that all tenants will pay zero rent in April and May. They're funded by the city of Zürich and I estimate that's about half a million in city subsidy for all us small retailers. Really nice.
Excellent to give everyone a break, right now, in what must be potentially terrifying financial circumstances. And forward-thinking, too. After all, the more business which go down now, the fewer tenants the landlords will have in the future. I hope other landlords will soon have the sense to follow suit.
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I'm all for giving praise where praise is due however, frankly speaking and people can criticize me all they want, but I don't see a reason to clap. First of all, they are doing their job. In addition, we're only about 2 weeks into the moderate increase in cases. The real test for our medical staff has yet to come. Who in my opinion deserves a praise are grocery store staff. They've been putting up with the endless barrage of idiot customers and they're forced to be exposed to potentially infected people.

agree to disagree then...you know i praise the shop staff too (as in the other thread i've only posted there mainly recently) ..but i also think the medics deserve acknowledgement...everyone is "just" doing their job but medics are risking their lives too let's not forget.
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agree to disagree then...you know i praise the shop staff too (as in the other thread i've only posted there mainly recently) ..but i also think the medics deserve acknowledgement...everyone is "just" doing their job but medics are risking their lives too let's not forget.
A friend who does home-visit nursing (Spitex) with a contract to work 80% (4 full days a week) told me that in the past month she has worked 120% (6 full days a week). So far, she's healthy, but won't be able to sustain that long-term, given that every single interaction with a patient brings stress, not only fear of her own health, but a kind of weird "guilt" at being - potentially - the one who might transfer the infection from one patient to the next, or possibly to a dozen of them in one day. So the nurses have my gratitude.

There are all sorts of people working phenomenally hard now, with many extra hours, and additional stress. Shop assistants, nurses, those in and peripheral to hospitals, and parents who are newly compelled to do home-schooling and therefore realistically only manage to scrape together their "work from home"-time after the children are in bed. Also anyone whose job involves planning and strategy: they're facing a huge challenge, with moving goalposts.

It's such a weird situation. Others face long, blank stretches of hours in which they'd rather be working, but they're either in a risk group or have already lost their jobs or been put on short hours.

I read the other day that some hospitals are now looking for workers to do everything that is not strictly medical. Some will pay, i.e. new jobs being created, others need volunteers.
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