ZURICH (Reuters) – Three Austrian teachers who persistently refused to wear bead filters to protect against the spread of coronavirus were fired, newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported on Saturday.
Meanwhile in Switzerland, a customer who refused to wear a mask was banned for five years by the Migros supermarket chain.
Fatigue caused by coronavirus is on the rise in both countries, with protests unfolding against the restrictions that have left shops and restaurants closed and forced to wear masks.
One teacher in every Freistadt district, Voecklabruck and in the city of Wels in the upper part of Austria, was fired after negotiations with the authorities failed, the paper said.
“There have been many attempts to convince him to follow the hygiene and preventive measures in place – but all to no avail,” the education board told the teacher Freistadt newspaper.
Three other teachers at Freistadt, Braunau and Steyr, were persuaded to wear masks and kept their jobs, the newspaper said.
As of January 25, Austria has tightened rules requiring FFP2 masks – the type of particulate-filter mask – to be worn where cotton masks were previously suitable.
In Switzerland, where it is imperative to wear a mask indoors, a self-proclaimed ‘coronavirus rebel’ tried to enter a supermarket in Lucerne without wearing a mask.
He repeatedly refused to wear a mask, and was eventually arrested by the police. The man, unnamed, has also been barred from going to Migros-owned stores such as furniture stores SportXX and Micasa.
“If a client acts unreasonable, becomes abusive, threatened and disrupted, Migros Lucerne has the right to issue a ban,” a spokesperson told Switzerland’s 20 Minutes.
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