Police in Switzerland have installed huge concrete blocks in front of a bar in a popular ski resort after it refused to enforce the country's Covid passport mandate.
Covid certificates - which prove someone has either been been fully vaccinated, recovered from the virus or tested negative for it - have been required to eat and drink inside indoor venues in Switzerland since mid-September.
But the owners of the Walliserkanne restaurant in the mountain resort of Zermatt had repeatedly failed to comply with the mandate, according to local reports.
People walk past a sign that informs them that the restaurant is closed in front of the restaurant 'Walliserkanne' after the restaurant was closed and the owners were arrested by the police for not respecting the Covid-19 law, in the mountain resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, 01 November 2021. The large concrete blocks were placed by the police to block the entrance
Covid certificates have been required to eat and drink inside indoor venues in Switzerland since mid-September. But the owners of the Walliserkanne restaurant in Zermatt (pictured on Monday) repeatedly refused to comply with the mandate, according to local reports
Police in Zermatt, a resort town at the foot of the famed Matterhorn peak, reportedly swept into the 19th century Walliserkanne restaurant and sealed it off after its owners had defied a closure order and kept serving.
The three owners, who were arrested and taken into custody on Sunday, had transformed the stack of cinder blocks that police had used to block off the front entrance into a makeshift bar and allowed patrons to enter from the back.
During the police operation, one of three owners is said to have threatened law enforcement at the scene, saying that he would get his gun.
In Switzerland, jail terms can be handed to businesses failing to comply with Covid certificate requirements.
However, Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes was told by a legal expert