In the Covid-19 crisis, the protective material became scarce. At the same time, the city of Winterthur bunkered expired masks. Now the city council is drawing its lessons for the future camp.
The entrance to the urban pandemic warehouse looks like the entrance to an underground car park. Here in the civil defense facility on Schlosstalstrasse in Töss, the city of Winterthur bunkers a large part of its protective material. The masks, gloves, smocks and the like are stacked in cardboard boxes on wooden pallets. Some stacks of boxes are still wrapped in plastic. The oldest boxes are from 2009 when the swine flu got around.
When the corona pandemic broke out in early 2020, all of the protective material – except for the gown and glasses – had expired. This emerges from the city council’s response to a postulate from the city council: “The stored hygiene and FFP2 protective masks had exceeded their expiry date by several years,” it says. The expired material has a value of 88,000 francs.