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Swiss-Italian border 'to remain open' despite coronavirus concerns

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Swiss-Italian border 'to remain open' despite coronavirus concerns
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Swiss and Italian authorities have promised that the southern border with Italy will remain open, despite much of northern Italy on quarantine lockdown.

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In a phone call between Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis on Sunday, the countries promised that the border would not be shuttered and would remain open to cross-border commuters. 

Pursuant to the agreement, all cross-border workers will be able to go across the border without being impeded. The Federal Council however recommended that cross-border workers carry with them their ‘G-Permits’ - which secure their status - at all times. 

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A spokesperson for Swiss rail authority SBB told news outlet Watson “Passengers from Switzerland can travel to Italy without restrictions. We are going as long as the Italian authorities do not give any other instructions”.

The Swiss government did however warn Swiss residents not to go to regions in northern Italy affected by the coronavirus. 

Italian authorities have indicated they will carry out border controls to ensure their quarantine measures were respected.

More than 15 million people have been quarantined in northern Italy as authorities struggle to contain the spread of the virus

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The border also remains open for the movement of goods. 

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