GENEVA, September 6 — PRIME. Swiss people who violate government directives this winter in the country’s gas shortage by overheating their homes to temperatures above 19 degrees face fines and jail terms of up to three years, DEF spokesman Markus Spurndly told Blick on Tuesday.
“Violations of a country’s supply law are always offenses or even crimes and should be prosecuted by the cantons by default,” he explained to reporters.
According to the publication, in case of intentional violation of the principles, a sentence of up to three years in prison can be imposed. Even in case of negligent violation of these measures, a penalty in the form of a fine is possible.
Earlier, the Swiss authorities said that if there is a shortage of gas in buildings heated by gas, the temperature in the room should not exceed 19 degrees, hot water can only be heated up to 60 degrees, and the use of heaters or hot air tents will be prohibited. Saunas and pools must be turned off.
The risk of electricity and gas shortages is considered one of the highest in Switzerland. Earlier, the head of ElCom, Werner Luginbühl, urged citizens to stock up on candles and firewood due to possible power outages in the coming winter.
For the first time, the Swiss authorities may impose restrictions on energy consumption in the event of a shortage of electricity or gas.