Let $G$ be a finite group, let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space, and let $G$ act freely on $X$. It is well-known that the canonical quotient map $\pi\colon X\to X/G$ onto the orbit space $X/G$ admits local cross-sections. More precisely, for every $z\in X/G$ there are an open set $U$ in $X/G$ containing $z$, and a continuous function $s\colon U\to X$ such that $\pi\circ s$ is the identity on $U$. In particular, there is an open cover of $X/G$ consisting of sets where a local cross-section can be defined.

**Question**: is there a *finite* open cover of $X/G$ consisting of sets where a local cross-section can be defined?

(This is the same as asking whether the Schwarz genus of the fiber map $X\to X/G$ is finite.)

The answer is "yes" if $X$ (or at least $X/G$) is finitistic, so in particular whenever $X$ has finite covering dimension, and clearly also whenever $X$ is compact. I wonder if it is true in general.

orderexists. I edited the question. $\endgroup$ – Eusebio Gardella Aug 14 at 13:36