Mid-March marks the anniversary of the first lockdown. Life in the canton of Zug has changed a great deal for everyone since then. One woman and two men from Zug talk about their Corona Year. In addition, we review the turbulent last 12 months.
Paul Lötscher (38) accountant, Rotkreuz
"Because I’m a high-risk patient due to my high blood pressure and weak immune system, I mainly avoided contact with other people at the beginning of the corona crisis. I was therefore very surprised when I tested positive for the corona virus in August.
I felt very bad for eight weeks, and things only started getting a little better from October. I was so tired that even climbing stairs was a great effort for me, and my sense of smell and taste is still not as pronounced as before. In addition, I found I could hardly focus at work and could only organise myself poorly. Without the help of my employer, and in particular my direct manager, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with my daily work. My best friend always brought me some food. He put it in front of the door, and I was able to fetch it in as soon as he had gone.
Even when I had the quarantine behind me, I still didn't feel well, so I therefore voluntarily extended it. What happened in this second quarantine still gnaws at me today: One afternoon, my best friend came by and we had a beer on the terrace. He sat on the terrace and I inside the living room, with a distance of five metres between us. After so many days of quarantine, I simply missed the social contacts. Some neighbours seemed to have heard us laughing, and gossiped about us in a group chat and bad-mouthed us.
A short time later – when my friend was already gone – two policemen in protective suits arrived at my door and accused me of violating the Corona guidelines. Someone from the neighbourhood had complained about me, not knowing that I had already completed my prescribed quarantine and that my best friend and I had been more than careful. Fortunately, this was also the view of the officials, as my friend was able to confirm what had happened by telephone, and another witness could prove that we had complied with the guidelines. There was therefore no charge, and we never received an apology from the neighbours.
Corona has taught me one thing: In bad times, you realise who your true friends and supporters are."
Photo 1: Pascal Lötscher
Photo 2: Maggie Lüönd
Photo 3: Werner Uttinger
The Corona chronology: What happened in Zug
25 February 2020:
First Corona case in Switzerland.
27 February 2020:
The federal government's "How to protect ourselves" campaign takes off.
2 March 2020:
First Corona case in the canton of Zug.
5 March 2020:
First corona death in Switzerland.
16 March 2020:
The Federal Council declares a national emergency – Switzerland is put into its first lockdown. All schools are closed. The Zug hospitals join forces.
20 March 2020:
The ban on meetings of more than five people enters into force. The canton of Zug counts the first person to be hospitalised for Covid-19.
27 March 2020:
First corona death in the canton of Zug. A 73-year-old man succumbs to his illness.
27 April 2020:
First relaxation of measures: Garden centres and coiffeurs are allowed to re-open.
11 May 2020:
Second easing step: restaurants, shops, sports facilities, compulsory schools and museums are re-opened under protective concepts.
15 May 2020:
Hospitals and practices resume all treatments.
10 June 2020:
Visits to Zug homes and hospitals are again possible subject to conditions.
17 June 2020:
Nine new corona cases from four outbreaks in the canton of Zug within a week.
13 July 2020:
The Canton of Zug restricts events to 100 people.
October 3, 2020:
Contact tracing in the canton of Zug reaches its limits.
10 October 2020:
Mask obligation introduced in Zug stores.
23 October 2020:
Compulsory masks in Zug schools from upper secondary level.
30 October 2020:
The figures continue to rise sharply. The canton of Zug speaks of a threatening situation.
2 November 2020:
Corona rapid tests are approved.
12 December 2020:
Public events are prohibited. Zug restaurants and bars are subject to a cantonal curfew from 7 p.m.
22 December 2020:
Second national lockdown: restaurants, leisure establishments and sports facilities are closed. Zug ski resorts must also close.
23 December 2020:
First Corona vaccination in the canton of Zug.
11 January 2021:
Vaccination centre in Baar starts operations.
18 January 2021:
Switzerland-wide closure of shops selling items of non-daily use. No more than five people are allowed to meet, and there is a home office obligation.
26 February 2021:
Vaccinations in retirement and nursing homes in Zug are completed.
1 March 2021:
Stores allowed to re-open throughout Switzerland.
11 March 2021:
6,679 people have been infected with the corona virus In the canton of Zug since the start of the pandemic, and 171 have had to be hospitalised. There has been a total of 114 deaths, and 7,319 people have been fully vaccinated.
Maggie Luönd (64), Team leader nursing, Chösterli retirement home in Unterägeri
"This Corona year was not nice. And it's still not nice, even though we've probably weathered the worst. For me, the biggest drawback at work was the mask obligation– and also for the seniors. Especially when we’re help with showering -it’s also much more . difficult to understand each other.
Work in general has become more difficult steps since the first lockdown. Especially when, for example, a doctor needs to be consulted or tests have to be carried out. We are also only allowed to visit an isolated person if we are wearing protective suits.
The entire retirement home had to be quarantined for ten days at the end of November and the beginning of December. And as if that wasn't enough, there were then another ten days on top. The residents had to stay in their rooms and we brought their food to them. There were cases where we heard someone crying. Many residents felt trapped and complained that decisions were being made over their heads. Others were saddened that they weren’t allowed to be together over the last year. The ban on visits also had a very stressful effect on the residents. What do you say in such cases? I have always expressed my understanding, but I have also said that we have to get through this now. Together. So we had to offer more psychological support.
That eats away at you. I'm lucky enough to have a very understanding husband with who I can talk about everything. And we really talked a lot this past year."
Werner Uttinger (89), resident at the Chlosterli, Unterägeri
"I had Corona, although I didn't notice anything about it. My partner, with whom I live in a 2.5-bedroom apartment, remained negative. Nevertheless, we spent at least ten days in quarantine in our apartment. But this wasn’t such a bad time: we played games together, rested, listened to the radio or painted. In the summer we often took trips by car – we drove to Einsiedeln, or around the Rigi.
We have many protective measures in Chlösterli. We all wear masks, and are only allowed to eat in the cafeteria in shifts (by floor). I rather miss meeting the other residents. But there are always things we can do together. We recently painted Easter eggs.
The Chlösterli staff does their job incredibly well. I‘d like to compliment them at this point. They also brought carnival to us in the home. Only on a small scale, of course ,but there was music, we dressed up, danced and drank some wine.
I feel like I never had to be afraid of the virus. Now that my partner and I are both vaccinated, we feel even safer."