Corona Konstanz: Fence keeps couples at the Swiss border at a distance

panorama Corona crisis on Lake Constance

So far there have been kisses through the border fence – but Switzerland is taking action

As of: 4:38 p.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes

The border barrier was reinforced by a second fence, so that direct contact is excluded

The border barrier was reinforced by a second fence, so that direct contact is excluded

Source: dpa / Felix Kästle

The German border with Switzerland is dense because of the corona virus. Because many couples kissed and hugged over the temporary barrier, a second wire mesh fence has now been built.

Ein Date at the barrier – because of the Corona crisis, for many couples on the border between Germany and Switzerland this is currently the only way to meet. If one partner lives in Germany and the other in the Confederation, a trip to a friend is simply not possible at the moment.

The federal police also carry out temporary border controls with Switzerland in order to curb the spread of the corona virus. “Visits are not permitted,” said the authority. “This also applies if both partners live and work in different countries and have regularly visited each other up to now.”

In Constance on Lake Constance, numerous couples – but also relatives or friends – have met at the provisional border fence in the past two weeks in order to be able to spend at least a little time together.

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Among them are Olivia and Andy, who met there for the first time. “At least that’s how we can see each other,” says the 40-year-old. The two first met online four months ago. “It’s difficult,” says Olivia. “We just hold the phone, there is no other way.” A hug doesn’t replace a phone call.

Psychological torture over Corona lovers on the border

Andy from Germany and Olivia from Switzerland hug on the German-Swiss border between Constance and Kreuzlingen

Source: dpa / Felix Kästle

But even such dates have hardly been possible since the weekend. Because now a second barrier keeps couples at a distance. Another fence has been set up on the Swiss side, a spokesman for the federal police said on Saturday.

There are now two wire mesh fences, as you know them from construction site barriers – there is a distance of about two meters between them. Holding hands, hugs and kissing are no longer possible.

Coronavirus - fence prevents physical contact

There is now a distance of around two meters between the fences

Source: dpa / Felix Kästle

Psychological torture over Corona lovers on the border

A trio sits on a border fence – separated and yet together

Source: dpa / Felix Kästle

The green line was previously open

If one partner lives in Germany and the other in the Confederation, a trip to a friend is currently not possible.

Visits across the border are currently not permitted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the green border on Lake Constance was usually open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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