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New coronavirus: Federal government measures

The Federal Council’s highest priority is to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ exists in Switzerland. Everyone is affected and must now act responsibly. Find out more on this page.
The Federal Council has categorised the situation in Switzerland as extraordinary under the terms of the Epidemics Act. It is tightening existing measures and enacting new ones affecting the public, organisations and institutions, and the cantons. These measures are designed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, protect people at especially high risk, and assure the provision of care and therapeutic products to the public.

Measures affecting the public, organisations and institutions

Ban on classroom teaching at all educational establishments

Classroom teaching is banned at schools, universities and other training and educational institutions. The ban will apply until 19 April 2020.

The cantons are required to ensure that childcare is provided for children who cannot be looked after privately. People at especially high risk may not be involved in such arrangements.

Events, activities and establishments

The Federal Council has banned public and private events. This also includes sporting events and club activities. All establishments open to the public will be closed. This applies to the following:

  • Shops and markets
  • Restaurant establishments
  • Bars, discotheques, night clubs and erotic establishments
  • Entertainment and leisure establishments; namely museums, libraries, cinemas, concert venues, theatres, casinos, sports centres, fitness centres, swimming pools, wellness centres/spas, ski resorts, botanical gardens, zoos and wildlife parks
  • Establishments with personal services involving physical contact, such as hairdressers/barbers, massage parlours, tattoo and cosmetic studios

The ban does not apply to the following establishments and events:

  • Food stores and other shops, provided they offer food and articles for everyday use (e.g. kiosks and filling station shops)
  • Takeaway establishments, workplace canteens, meal delivery services and restaurants for hotel guests
  • Pharmacies, drugstores and shops selling medical aids and equipment (e.g. eyeglasses and hearing aids)
  • Post offices and sub-post offices
  • Sales outlets of telecommunications providers
  • Banks
  • Filling stations
  • Railway stations and other public transport facilities
  • Transport/vehicle workshops
  • Public administration
  • Social services (e.g. shelters, drop-in centres, etc.)
  • Funerals with close family
  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics and medical practices, and practices and establishments run by health professionals under the terms of federal and cantonal law
  • Hotels

These establishments must adhere to the rules of hygiene and behaviour. This can mean, for example, that the number of people present must be limited to meet the distancing requirements.

In certain situations cantons may allow exceptions to this ban on a restrictive basis. For such exceptions to be granted there has to be an overriding public interest (for example for education and training establishments, and in the event of supply problems), and comprehensive protective measures must be adhered to.

This arrangement applies until 19 April 2020.

Events and establishments

The Federal Council has banned public and private events. This also includes sporting events and club activities. All establishments open to the public will be closed. This applies to the following:

  • Shops and markets
  • Restaurant establishments
  • Bars, discos, nightclubs and erotic establishments
  • Entertainment and leisure establishments; in particular museums, libraries, cinemas, concert halls, theatres, casinos, sports centres, fitness centres, swimming pools, spas, ski resorts, botanical gardens and zoos.
  • Establishments providing personal services involving physical contact, such as hairdressers, massage parlours, tattoo and cosmetic studios

The ban does not apply to the following establishments and events:

  • Food stores and other shops selling articles for everyday use (e.g. kiosks and petrol station shops)
  • Takeaway establishments, workplace canteens, meal delivery services and restaurants for hotel guests
  • Pharmacies, drugstores and shops selling medical aids (e.g. eyeglasses and hearing aids)
  • Post offices and sub-post offices
  • Telecom shops
  • Banks
  • Petrol stations
  • Railway stations and other public transport facilities
  • Maintenance facilities for means of transport
  • Public administration
  • Welfare services (e.g. shelters)
  • Funerals attended by close family
  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics and medical practices, and practices and establishments run by health professionals under the terms of federal and cantonal law
  • Hotels

These establishments must follow the rules on hygiene and how to behave around others. This can mean, for example, that the number of people present must be limited so as to allow people to keep their distance.

In certain situations, cantons may allow exceptions to this ban on a limited basis. For such exceptions to be granted there has to be an overriding public interest (e.g. educational establishments, and in the event of supply problems), and comprehensive protective measures must be adhered to.

This arrangement applies until 19. April 2020.

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