Switzerland plans to JAIL anyone who heats rooms above 19C for up to three years if the country is forced to ration gas due to war in Ukraine
- The country could also impose fines of up to 3,000 Swiss francs (£2,667)
- In gas-heated buildings, the water cannot be heated above 60 C
- Radiant heaters are not permitted and saunas and swimming pools must be cold
- Likely that proposed measures will be subject to disputes and disputes
Switzerland is considering jailing anyone who heats its rooms above 19C for up to three years if the country is forced to ration gas due to the war in Ukraine.
The country could also impose fines on those who violate the proposed new regulations.
Speaking to Blick, Markus Sporndli, who is a spokesman for the Federal Department of Finance, explained that the rate of fines on a daily basis 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 deliberately exceed their gas quotas could be sanctioned.
Additionally, according to potential measurements, temperatures in gas-heated buildings cannot exceed 19 C (66.2 F), with water heated up to 60 C (140 F).
Blick also reported that radiant heaters would not be allowed and that saunas and swimming pools would have to be kept cold.
Additionally, according to potential measurements, temperatures in gas-heated buildings cannot exceed 19°C (66.2°F), with water heated up to 60°C (140°F) (image in stock)
The measures are set out in the Federal Law on Supplying the National Economy, to which the Federal Department of Economics (DEFR) refers in an official document.
It was predicted that the proposed new measures could lead to disputes and disputes, leaving the courts busy and the government facing a new “grey area”, according to the report.
Regarding the potential new measures, the Swiss cantons have until September 22 to raise any concerns.
The proposed new measures have been predicted to lead to challenges and disputes, leaving the courts busy and the government facing a new ‘grey area’, according to the report (stock image)
Advising the government, the report said senior police officer Fredy Fassler told them to “only order measures that can be implemented and above all controlled”.
And he said the proposed new measures should be implemented with a “sense of proportion”, stressing that he does not think the police should be knocking on doors.
Mr Fassler used the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, saying according to the report that there had been a “culture of whistleblowing”.
His sentiment was echoed by Deputy Minister for the Economy Guy Parmelin, who said last Wednesday: ‘We are not a police state’, referring to the measures, saying he thinks the police can perform spot checks to make sure people are sticking with it.
Mr. Fassler recommended that it might be more conducive to discuss imposing administrative fines on people instead of shelling out for costly criminal proceedings.