5. Rules and regulations regarding public and private events

According to the decree of August 14, 2020, an event is a planned public or private event, limited in time, which takes place within a given perimeter. Gatherings of a commercial nature, such as fairs, shows or funfairs are not considered as events and must meet other requirements.

 

1. Private event

A private event refers to any private party or reunion (i.e. not open to the public), by invitation and not for profit.

Examples: family gatherings, weddings, baptisms, funerals, birthday parties, club events reserved for members, musical society rehearsals, corporate events, general assemblies, society meetings.

Limitation
  • Up to 100 people: with preventive measures and mandatory data collection.
  • More than 100 persons: if the organizer, in addition to preventive measures and data collection, guarantees that interpersonal distance is respected at all times or that masks are worn.
Duties of the organizer

To comply with preventive measures :

  • excluding sick people
  • protecting those at risk
  • informing participants about FOPH measures such as hand hygiene, not shaking hands, etc.
  • working to maintain the distance or wear the mask (mandatory if more than 100 persons)

To collect the identity and reliable contact details of each person present (with a table plan for a seated event).

In case of non-compliance, the organizer can be fined up to CHF 10'000.

Duties of the participant

To comply with the COVID-19 epidemic hygiene and behavior recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP).

 

Masks

Wearing a mask is mandatory if the distance of 1.5 m cannot be kept and if there are more than 100 people.

Data collection

The collection of the personal data of the participants is mandatory.

Data must be kept confidential for 14 days, submitted to the cantonal doctor's office on request and destroyed after the 14 days have elapsed.

Protection plan

Not required.

 

Legal basis COVID-19

Arrêté du Conseil d'Etat relatif aux mesures destinées à lutter contre l'épidémie de Covid-19 (Decision of the State Council relating to measures intended to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic), of August 14, 2020, art. 12 and 14 (in French)

Federal Council Ordinance 3  Measures to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19), of June 19, 2020 (Status as of 17 August 2020), art 6, para. 3

 

2. Public event

A public event is an event open to the public (including by registration).

Examples: concert, show, sports competition, neighbourhood party, festival, open day, auction.

Limitation
  • Up to 1'000 persons: with a mandatory protection plan (if more than 30 persons).

Participants are divided into sectors of up to 100 persons maximum, with mandatory data collection if maintaining the distance of 1.5 meters or wearing a mask is not possible.

Duties of the organizer

 To draw up a protection plan with measures in terms of hygiene and interpersonal distance
 To appoint a person responsible for the implementation of the protection plan and contact with the authorities.

Guidelines (available in French)

In case of non-compliance, the organizer can be fined up to CHF 10'000.

Duties of the participant
  • To comply with the COVID-19 epidemic hygiene and behavior recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP).
  • To comply with the protection plan.

 

Masks

Wearing a mask is mandatory if the distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept or if such is foreseen in the protection plan.

Data collection

The collection of personal data from participants is mandatory if maintaining the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters or wearing a mask is impossible. In such cases, visitors must be divided into sectors of up to 100 people, either seated or standing (with a table plan for a seated event or with an indication of the sector where the person is standing for non seated events).

Data collection is not required if the 1.5 meter distance maintenance or the wearing of a mask is guaranteed.

Protection plan

A protection plan is mandatory if the event hosts more than 30 people. It may be more restrictive than the minimum required by law.

 

Legal basis COVID-19

Arrêté du Conseil d'Etat relatif aux mesures destinées à lutter contre l'épidémie de Covid-19 (Decision of the State Council relating to measures intended to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic), of August 14, 2020, art. 13 (in French)

Federal Council Ordinance 3  Measures to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19), of June 19, 2020 (Status as of 17 August 2020), art 3 to 6

 

3. Political or civil society gatherings or demonstrations

Political or civil society demonstrations or gathering are events that serve to express or forge a political and social opinion (such as human rights sessions, trade union parades, anti-racism demonstrations) and which are generally held in the public domain.

Examples: Procession, parade, white march, rally, sit-in, etc.

Limitation

A public event can bring together more than 1000 people, with mandatory wearing of the mask.

Political or civil society gatherings or demonstrations are not limited in terms of number of participants by the Federal Ordinance.

Duties of the organizer
  • To inform the participants that wearing a mask is mandatory.
  • To exclude any participant not wearing a mask.
  • To dissolve the event if participants do not wear masks.
Duties of the participant
  • To wear a mask.

Masks

Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Data collection

Not required.

Protection plan

Not required.


Legal basis COVID-19

Federal Council Ordinance 3  Measures to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19), of June 19, 2020 (Status as of 17 August 2020), art. 6, para. 4

 

4. Commercial gatherings

Examples: fair, trade show, fairgrounds, annual markets, etc.

Limitation

A commercial gathering can bring together more than 1'000 people, with a mandatory protection plan.

A gathering of a commercial nature is not classified as per an event by the Federal Ordinance.

Duties of the organizer
  • To draw up a protection plan with measures in terms of hygiene and interpersonal distance.
  • To appoint a person responsible for the implementation of the protection plan and contact with the authorities.
Duties of the participant
  • To complywith the COVID-19 epidemic hygiene and behavior recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP).
  • To comply with the protection plan.

 

Masks

Wearing a mask is mandatory if the distance of 1.5 m cannot be kept or if it is stipulated in the protection plan.

Data collection

Data collection may take place if it is included in the protection plan.

Collected data will be kept confidential for 14 days, submitted to the cantonal doctor's office on request, and destroyed after the 14 days have elapsed.

Protection plan

A protection plan is mandatory. It may be more restrictive than the minimum required by law.
Legal basis COVID-19

 

Legal basis COVID-19

Federal Council Ordinance 3  Measures to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19), of June 19, 2020 (Status as of 17 August 2020), art. 4 and 5

In French: Rapport explicatif du 12 août 2020 sur l'ordonnance COVID-19, situation particulière du 19 juin 2020, p. 6

 

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