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The Freddie Mercury statue and COVID-19
Since 16 March 2020 the Swiss authorities have restricted the population and have banned all public events and gatherings in order to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A mask with a sign "Stay home" was installed later on the statue as a wink and in support of the medical staff who are working hard during this difficult period.
4 days later, on 20 March 2020, gatherings of more than 5 people were banned throughout Switzerland. These measures had a direct effect on the statue of Freddie Mercury. Indeed, since 8 April, just before the long Easter weekend, the Montreux authorities decided to install barriers, in order to close the access to the pontoon in front of the statue and thus avoid all gatherings.
The statue of Freddie Mercury in Montreux is therefore now confined until further notice.
On 19 may 2020, the fences installed in the early hours of the Coronavirus crisis around the Freddie Mercury statue were removed by the Montreux authorities. Little by little life returns to normal in Montreux and many curious people were around the statue this day to admire it.