Grandparents in Switzerland are now allowed to hug their grandchildren under the age of 10, said the physician behind the country’s coronavirus response.
Daniel Koch, the head of the infectious diseases unit at the Federal Department of Public Health, dropped the restriction after concluding with specialists that children "do not transmit the virus, or if they are infected they are infected by their parents."
He stressed that there "is no danger for grandparents" embracing their grandchildren and emphasized the importance of that contact.
A spokesperson for the Swiss government confirmed to CNN that visits should be brief but are nonetheless "permitted and are even beneficial for the mental well-being of grandparents."
Switzerland began to ease restrictions this week, allowing businesses such as DIY stores, beauty salons and physiotherapy practices to reopen.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for the coronavirus response, said on Wednesday, "I'm sure many grandparents around the world are dying to hug their children and grandchildren."
She added that although children seem "less affected," there have still been cases of transmission from adults to children and vice versa.