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Switzerland considers JAILING those who heat rooms above 19C if country is forced to ration gas

Switzerland considers anyone who heats rooms above 19°C to three years in prison if forced to ration gas over war in Ukraine

  • The country can also impose fines of up to 3,000 Swiss Francs (£2,667)
  • In gas-heated buildings, water should not exceed 60C. be heated
  • Radiant heaters should be banned and saunas and swimming pools should be cold
  • The proposed measures are likely to be subject to challenges and disputes

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Switzerland is considering jailing anyone who heats their rooms above 19°C for up to three years if it is forced to ration gas as a result of the war in Ukraine.

The country can also impose fines on those who violate the proposed new regulations.

Speak with LookMarkus Sporndli, a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Finance, explained that the rate for daily fines could start at 30 Swiss francs (£26).

He added that the maximum fine could be up to 3,000 Swiss francs (£2,667).

And companies that intentionally exceed their gas quota can be punished.

In addition, according to the possible measures, the temperatures in gas heated buildings should not exceed 19C (66.2F), with water heated to 60C (140F).

Look also reported that radiant heaters would not be allowed and saunas and swimming pools should be kept cold.

In addition, according to the possible measures, the temperatures in gas-heated buildings should not exceed 19C (66.2F), with water heated to 60C (140F) (stock image)

In addition, according to the possible measures, the temperatures in gas-heated buildings should not exceed 19C (66.2F), with water heated to 60C (140F) (stock image)

The measures are listed in the Federal Law on National Economic Supply, which is referred to in an official document by the Federal Public Service for Economic Affairs (EAER).

It was predicted that the proposed new measures could create challenges and disputes, stressing courts and putting the government in a new “grey area,” the report said.

With regard to the possible new measures, the cantons of Switzerland have until September 22 to express their concerns.

The proposed new measures are predicted to create challenges and disputes, leaving courts busy and facing a new 'grey area' for government, the report said (stock image)

The proposed new measures are predicted to create challenges and disputes, leaving courts busy and facing a new 'grey area' for government, the report said (stock image)

The proposed new measures are predicted to create challenges and disputes, leaving courts busy and facing a new ‘grey area’ for government, the report said (stock image)

The report advises the government and states that senior police officer Fredy Fassler has told them to “only order measures that can be implemented and above all controlled”.

And he has said that the proposed new measures should be implemented with “proportionality”, stressing that he does not believe that the police should go door-to-door.

Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, Mr Fassler argued that there had been a “culture of denunciation,” according to the report.

His sentiment was echoed by SVP Economy Minister Guy Parmelin, who last Wednesday said “We are not a police state” when referring to the measures, saying he thinks the police can do spot checks to make sure people are Stick to.

Mr. Fassler advised that it might be more beneficial to talk about giving people administrative fines rather than shelling out for expensive criminal proceedings.

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