Photos: Swiss acrobats’ jaw-dropping stunts open cable car operations

In Switzerland, cable car facilities reopened this week after the government announced that gatherings of up to 1,000 people were allowed, in what constitutes the fourth stage of gradually easing restrictions imposed to control COVID-19. A team of Swiss acrobats marked the reopening of cable car services at the ski resort of Les Diablerets with death-defying performances during an airshow.

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Swiss acrobat Ramon Kathriner performs on the Wheel Of Death, marking the reopening of cable car facilities after the coronavirus lockdown in Les Diablerets, Switzerland on June 23. Public gatherings of up to 1,000 people will be permitted from this week, in the fourth stage of gradual easing of restrictions imposed to control COVID-19. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

Swiss acrobat Ramon Kathriner performs on the Wheel Of Death, marking the reopening of cable car facilities after the coronavirus lockdown in Les Diablerets, Switzerland on June 23. Public gatherings of up to 1,000 people will be permitted from this week, in the fourth stage of gradual easing of restrictions imposed to control COVID-19. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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Swiss acrobat David Maillard performs with an elastic tape under a cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. “We have once again found lots of our old freedoms: bars and restaurants are open again, we can gather together,” President Simonetta Sommaruga told a press conference in Bern. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

Swiss acrobat David Maillard performs with an elastic tape under a cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. “We have once again found lots of our old freedoms: bars and restaurants are open again, we can gather together,” President Simonetta Sommaruga told a press conference in Bern. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock on the cable during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. According to a report by Reuters, the government said citizens should still refrain from physical contact with people from outside their household, while the need for distancing, hand-washing and contact tracing remain ever important. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock on the cable during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. According to a report by Reuters, the government said citizens should still refrain from physical contact with people from outside their household, while the need for distancing, hand-washing and contact tracing remain ever important. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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Freddy Nock walks blindfolded on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. Public events with more than 1,000 people are set to return from September, while this Airshow marked the opening of full activities this weekend in Les Diablerets. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

Freddy Nock walks blindfolded on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. Public events with more than 1,000 people are set to return from September, while this Airshow marked the opening of full activities this weekend in Les Diablerets. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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Freddy Nock balances on a bicycle on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. More than 31,000 people have tested positive for the virus and 1,680 have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, according to a report by Reuters. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

Freddy Nock balances on a bicycle on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23. More than 31,000 people have tested positive for the virus and 1,680 have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, according to a report by Reuters. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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A closer look at Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock balances on a bicycle on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23.The stunts were apparently also to honour artists around the globe who’ve been affected by the pandemic. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

A closer look at Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock balances on a bicycle on the cable of the Glacier 3000 cable car during the Airshow in Les Diablerets on June 23.The stunts were apparently also to honour artists around the globe who’ve been affected by the pandemic. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)

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