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More reasons to bike to work, I also observe more people walking to work from nearby.

need your advise on this: I have a former colleague who is born Swiss but have relocated to her mother's home country Spain since he left the company some 6 years ago. Last year he started working again in CH on short assignments and been staying with me for 1 to 3 nights. I was OK with this, since November last year 3 nights became one week and then Months. Lately he got local employment on what I see is now a permanent job.

He goes on a cycle where is out of CH for a few days and coming back to stay for 2-3 weeks. Basically he moved in without me realizing. I would not have agreed if he asked even if he offered to share the rent. I already have issues with his heavy smoking indoors, all night long. Plus other issues I wont mention. I was patiently waiting for him to move out on his own as he kept telling me he will. His last departure 2 weeks ago had no indication he'll move out when he comes back.

Now the corona virus situation has worsened. I cleaned/laundered everything in the bedroom he occupies and packed all his things nicely in his suitcase ready to pick up anytime. Would that be too rude? He has a lot of things in my cellar too but that is not a concern at the moment.

As usual I don't know when he will be back, he would just watsapp me when already in transit. If ever, this will be his first trip back into CH after the virus got worst. I am afraid he will show up late one night with no alternative place to go and I would not want him to set foot in my apartment after traveling thru airports and unknown locations.

My problem is how to tell him that I can not allow him in anymore in a way that would not hurt our friendship. I owe him the kindness and support several times when we were still together at work, especially when I was new in the country.

Apologies for the TLDR, advises please.
Honestly? You sound like a kind person who's being taken advantage of. No, your thoughts aren't rude at all. You cannot owe him for the rest of your life, especially since he fails to communicate. If you feel like you cannot face him while telling him, I would text him asap (so he can adjust his plans) that you no longer can have him over. Period.
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More reasons to bike to work, I also observe more people walking to work from nearby.

need your advise on this: I have a former colleague who is born Swiss but have relocated to her mother's home country Spain since he left the company some 6 years ago. Last year he started working again in CH on short assignments and been staying with me for 1 to 3 nights. I was OK with this, since November last year 3 nights became one week and then Months. Lately he got local employment on what I see is now a permanent job.

He goes on a cycle where is out of CH for a few days and coming back to stay for 2-3 weeks. Basically he moved in without me realizing. I would not have agreed if he asked even if he offered to share the rent. I already have issues with his heavy smoking indoors, all night long. Plus other issues I wont mention. I was patiently waiting for him to move out on his own as he kept telling me he will. His last departure 2 weeks ago had no indication he'll move out when he comes back.

Now the corona virus situation has worsened. I cleaned/laundered everything in the bedroom he occupies and packed all his things nicely in his suitcase ready to pick up anytime. Would that be too rude? He has a lot of things in my cellar too but that is not a concern at the moment.

As usual I don't know when he will be back, he would just watsapp me when already in transit. If ever, this will be his first trip back into CH after the virus got worst. I am afraid he will show up late one night with no alternative place to go and I would not want him to set foot in my apartment after traveling thru airports and unknown locations.

My problem is how to tell him that I can not allow him in anymore in a way that would not hurt our friendship. I owe him the kindness and support several times when we were still together at work, especially when I was new in the country.

Apologies for the TLDR, advises please.
Either a phone call or a message/email telling him that as aresult of the virus you are compelled to withdraw your hospitality. I don’t think a detailed explanation is necessary. If he has got a key, you might want to change the locks.
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Old 13.03.2020, 18:09
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ALL SWISS SKI RESORTS TO CLOSE - BUT FRANCE IS STILL OPEN ( ...this post is being updated as we get more detail....)

The Swiss Federal Council announced in a press conference on Friday afternoon a series of stringent measures to tackle coronavirus.

The effect is that all Swiss ski resorts must close in accordance with a ban on social gatherings of more than 100 people.

The canton of Graubünden has decided to close all its ski areas from Monday.

It includes Laax which has confirmed that lift operations will be suspended on Monday.

"We are also inconsolable about the early end of the season in the LAAX ski resort. However, the safety of our guests, employees and the locals is of the utmost importance," the resort said on its website

We were told that Zermatt in the Valais would also close on Monday but a reliable source in the resort has told us it will, in fact, close on Saturday.

However Saas-Fee, and Verbier, both also in the Valais, have closed with immediate effect.

"We must unfortunately announce the immediate closure of our ski area and all our facilities. (Friday March 13, 2020 from 7:30 p.m.) and this for the rest of the season," Verbier said in a statement.

"All events scheduled on the ski area for the rest of the season are cancelled as well as the Liverpool week also taking place in the resort.

"After such a beautiful first part of the season and a second which looked very promising due to the fabulous snow conditions, we are all very sad and sorry for this outcome. However, in view of the evolution of this pandemic, we must respect and apply without restraint the decisions of our authorities to resolve this public health problem."

LINK TO THE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT (IN GERMAN)

https://www.admin.ch/…/dokumentation...teilungen.msg…
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For washing hands absolutely, but good idea to use the 70% Alcohol to disinfect high traffic surfaces like door handles, phones, buttons, etc.

Very important, leave your shoes outside the door, all droplets eventually land onto the ground, your shoes are the dirtiest.
Or you can just use bleach. There's still plenty of that on the shelves and it also does the job.

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CZ will close all the malls, department stores and large supermarkets within a few days.

I can see that happening elsewhere, too.
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Honestly? You sound like a kind person who's being taken advantage of. No, your thoughts aren't rude at all. You cannot owe him for the rest of your life, especially since he fails to communicate. If you feel like you cannot face him while telling him, I would text him asap (so he can adjust his plans) that you no longer can have him over. Period.
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Either a phone call or a message/email telling him that as aresult of the virus you are compelled to withdraw your hospitality. I don’t think a detailed explanation is necessary. If he has got a key, you might want to change the locks.
Thanks for your advises MusikChik, bowlie. Will do now. I insisted on him leaving the key before his last departure, my hint that he no longer lives here. He handed over the key, impolitely..
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Old 13.03.2020, 18:23
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Re: Coronavirus

As travel to Italy is no longer an option, on Monday I had to order some new clutch disks for my friend's '74 Guzzi from Germany, via DHL.

Arrived today, the Swiss VAT charges and costs were CHF 8.40 on a value of EUR 102, so perfectly reasonable!

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More reasons to bike to work, I also observe more people walking to work from nearby.

need your advise on this: I have a former colleague who is born Swiss but have relocated to her mother's home country Spain since he left the company some 6 years ago. Last year he started working again in CH on short assignments and been staying with me for 1 to 3 nights. I was OK with this, since November last year 3 nights became one week and then Months. Lately he got local employment on what I see is now a permanent job.

He goes on a cycle where is out of CH for a few days and coming back to stay for 2-3 weeks. Basically he moved in without me realizing. I would not have agreed if he asked even if he offered to share the rent. I already have issues with his heavy smoking indoors, all night long. Plus other issues I wont mention. I was patiently waiting for him to move out on his own as he kept telling me he will. His last departure 2 weeks ago had no indication he'll move out when he comes back.

Now the corona virus situation has worsened. I cleaned/laundered everything in the bedroom he occupies and packed all his things nicely in his suitcase ready to pick up anytime. Would that be too rude? He has a lot of things in my cellar too but that is not a concern at the moment.

As usual I don't know when he will be back, he would just watsapp me when already in transit. If ever, this will be his first trip back into CH after the virus got worst. I am afraid he will show up late one night with no alternative place to go and I would not want him to set foot in my apartment after traveling thru airports and unknown locations.

My problem is how to tell him that I can not allow him in anymore in a way that would not hurt our friendship. I owe him the kindness and support several times when we were still together at work, especially when I was new in the country.

Apologies for the TLDR, advises please.
Quick WhatsApp to him letting him know that you've got the VID (coronavirus).
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cz will close all the malls, department stores and large supermarkets within a few days.

I can see that happening elsewhere, too.
cz?
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New numbers Italy, 2.547 new cases and 250 more deaths At this growing rate they have more deaths in a week than China reported.
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As travel to Italy is no longer an option, on Monday I had to order some new clutch disks for my friend's '74 Guzzi from Germany, via DHL.

Arrived today, the Swiss VAT charges and costs were CHF 8.40 on a value of EUR 102, so perfectly reasonable!

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Can’t be. It must be a clerical error. They charge you more than that for looking at the invoice.
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cz?
Sorry, Czech Rep.

Another bit of news I got from home is that China is trying to shift the blame/responsibility for Covid19, onto the US.

https://mobile.twitter.com/zlj517/st...69193427906560

https://mobile.twitter.com/zlj517/st...06822957588480
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As travel to Italy is no longer an option, on Monday I had to order some new clutch disks for my friend's '74 Guzzi from Germany, via DHL.

Arrived today, the Swiss VAT charges and costs were CHF 8.40 on a value of EUR 102, so perfectly reasonable!

Tom
Less VAT so a winner
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Can’t be. It must be a clerical error. They charge you more than that for looking at the invoice.
DHL Express uses their own customs channel. They don't use The Post and their exorbitant fees.

Packages can be checked by the Customs Police but the invoicing and import is done by DHL
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DHL Express uses their own customs channel. They don't use The Post and their exorbitant fees.

Packages can be checked by the Customs Police but the invoicing and import is done by DHL
Yes, they sent me an email for the VAT, and I paid with PayPal, and authorized them to leave it in my mailbox.

Great!

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Yes, no German VAT!

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ALL SWISS SKI RESORTS TO CLOSE - BUT FRANCE IS STILL OPEN ( ...this post is being updated as we get more detail....)

The Swiss Federal Council announced in a press conference on Friday afternoon a series of stringent measures to tackle coronavirus.

The effect is that all Swiss ski resorts must close in accordance with a ban on social gatherings of more than 100 people.

The canton of Graubünden has decided to close all its ski areas from Monday.

It includes Laax which has confirmed that lift operations will be suspended on Monday.

"We are also inconsolable about the early end of the season in the LAAX ski resort. However, the safety of our guests, employees and the locals is of the utmost importance," the resort said on its website

We were told that Zermatt in the Valais would also close on Monday but a reliable source in the resort has told us it will, in fact, close on Saturday.

However Saas-Fee, and Verbier, both also in the Valais, have closed with immediate effect.

"We must unfortunately announce the immediate closure of our ski area and all our facilities. (Friday March 13, 2020 from 7:30 p.m.) and this for the rest of the season," Verbier said in a statement.

"All events scheduled on the ski area for the rest of the season are cancelled as well as the Liverpool week also taking place in the resort.

"After such a beautiful first part of the season and a second which looked very promising due to the fabulous snow conditions, we are all very sad and sorry for this outcome. However, in view of the evolution of this pandemic, we must respect and apply without restraint the decisions of our authorities to resolve this public health problem."

LINK TO THE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT (IN GERMAN)

https://www.admin.ch/…/dokumentation...teilungen.msg…
The link doesn't work for me.

They weren't very clear in the press conference today regarding ski resorts. For events (races, etc.,..) they were very clear that they would be cancelled but not so for the ski resorts. On the web page of my resort, Titlis, it's pretty clear that they will remain open. I feel much safer skiing (ok, maybe not crammed into a tram) than shopping at IKEA, which doesn't seem to have any restrictions.
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The link doesn't work for me.

They weren't very clear in the press conference today regarding ski resorts. For events (races, etc.,..) they were very clear that they would be cancelled but not so for the ski resorts. On the web page of my resort, Titlis, it's pretty clear that they will remain open. I feel much safer skiing (ok, maybe not crammed into a tram) than shopping at IKEA, which doesn't seem to have any restrictions.
Verbier is definitely closed, my WhatsApp keeps updating. Flying to the UK in the morning, will collect my wife & her car, cross the channel in the evening. My wife is concerned we will be stuck in different countries, she was working this week in the UK for a conference on Saturday & Sunday that has been cancelled.
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DHL Express uses their own customs channel. They don't use The Post and their exorbitant fees.

Packages can be checked by the Customs Police but the invoicing and import is done by DHL
DHL? I’ve never had an invoice from them that I considered reasonable. Double the Government charges, at least.

I urge shippers NOT to use DHL, but regretfully they ignore me.
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