COVID-19 - Restrictions, closures and other measures

1. Overview

Federal Ordinance (amendment of 24th  February 2020)

During its session of 24th February 2021, the Federal Council decided : 

  • to ease some restrictions starting from 1st March 2021 (opening of shops, museums and libraries, as well as outdoor areas for sports and leisure activities; lifting of time restrictions for services; up to 15 people for groups gathering in public areas, for outdoor encounters with friends or family, as well as outdoor cultural and sports activities; lifting of restrictions for cultural and sports activities for children, teenagers and young adults up to the age of 20).

  • Further adjustments are planned for 22nd March, if the epidemiological situation allows it. 

Cantonal decree (amendment of 26th February 2021)

During its session on 26th February 2021, the State Council adapted its implementing decree on COVID measures in order to take into account the new federal restrictions. The validity of this decree has been extended until 31st March 2021. 

 

Appendices

Appendix 1 - Measures relating to providers of services involving physical contact and to health professionals

Providers of services involving physical contact and health professionals shall implement and enforce the following measures:

  • Develop a protection plan;
  • Receive clients or patients exclusively by appointment;
  • Organise appointments so as to avoid contact between clients or patients;
  • Organise the space to ensure a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres between clients or patients;
  • Make available hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance, exit and exchange areas (reception hall, reception desk, waiting room);
  • Put up posters indicating health measures ( mandatory mask, hand disinfection, interpersonal distance);
  • Indicate that wearing a mask is mandatory. 
     

Appendix 2 - Safeguarding measures for employees

Employers shall implement and enforce the following measures:  

  • Put up posters at the entrance and in common areas indicating the health measures to be observed;
  • Organise regular hand disinfection stations in the workplace (water outlet with soap or a hydro-alcoholic gel dispenser);
  • Make hydro-alcoholic gel available, especially in common areas (photocopying machines, coffee machines, conference rooms...);
  •  Impose the wearing of the mask in enclosed spaces except for individual offices or when a minimum 1.5 metres distance between each workstation is respected;
  • Whenever possible, ventilate the premises regularly;
  • Regularly disinfect common surfaces, such as meeting room tables and chairs, worktops, door handles, photocopiers, printers, etc.;
  • Ensure that everyone wears a mask in areas accessible to the public or used by third parties, including outdoor workplaces.
     

Appendix 3 - Measures relating to retail businesses  (new densities)

Access limitation and density control

Retail business operators, or their substitutes, shall:

  • Limit access to areas where people can move freely as follows:

a. shops with a sales area of 40 m2 or less can accommodate maximum 3 customers simultaneously;

b. shops with a sales area of more than 40 m2 which generate at least 2/3 of their turnover from the sale of foodstuffs are subject to the following rules:  

      - 10 m2 per customer,
      - but at least 5 authorised customers.

c. Shops with a sales area of more than 40 m2, which generate less than 2/3 of their turnover from the sale of foodstuffs, are subject to the following rules:

   1. shops with a sales area of between 41 m2 and 500 m2:

      - 10 m2 per customer,
      - but at least 5 authorised customers.

   2. shops with a sales area of between 501m2 and 1500 m2:

      - 15 m2 per customer,
      - but at least 50 authorised customers. 

   3. shops with a sales area of 1500 m2 or more:

     - 25 m2 per customer,
     - but at least 100 authorised customers;

d. in premises where there are several shops with a total sales area exceeding 10,000 m2 (shopping malls), the total number of customers present in the mall may not exceed the sum of the number of customers allowed in the individual shops open.

  • Prohibit entry to customers when maximum density is reached;
     
  • Separate, where possible, incoming and outgoing flows, especially during peak periods;
     
  • Prevent any grouping of people, both outside the shop (organise queues, indicate the distances to be respected) and inside, particularly in front of lifts, on escalators, near checkouts or near certain shelves or displays (fruit and vegetables, toys, cosmetics, party articles);
     
  • Display, at the entrance and inside the lifts, the maximum number of persons admitted, so that the interpersonal distance is maintained;
     
  • Eliminate all bottlenecks that may slow down the flow of customers and bring people closer together;
     
  • Avoid, without exception, actions and promotional offers that generate an influx of customers to a sector of commerce and unnecessary interactions, such as "flash sales", "tastings", "signing sessions" or "gift wrapping", as well as events such as "a visiting Santa Claus".

Hydro-alcoholic solution/gel and hand hygiene

Retail business operators, or their substitutes, shall:

  • Provide their customers with dispensers, if possible contact-free or foot-operated, containing hydro-alcoholic solution or gel;
     
  • Ensure that these dispensers always contain disinfectant solution or hydroalcoholic gel authorised by the FOPH or conforming to the standards of the FOPH's general decision of 28th February 2020 (at no time may the solution or gel be diluted with other substances), correctly labelled, and that their distribution is not hindered by a malfunction of the dispenser;
     
  • Place the dispensers in a manner visible to customers at the entrances and exits of installations and establishments;
     
  • Ensure that no person enters a facility or establishment without first disinfecting his/her hands.

People must disinfect their hands at the entrance to a facility or establishment.

Customers and staff shallc not : 

  • Handle goods without first disinfecting their hands; 
     
  • Touch their face or mask while handling goods or serving customers. In which case, they must immediately disinfect their hands;
     
  • Touch payment devices without disinfecting one's hands before and after (cash, terminal);
     
  • Test or apply products to the skin (perfumes, cosmetics, make-up) when this involves interpersonal contact or when the interpersonal distance of 1.5 metres cannot be respected;

Wearing gloves does not exempt from the above rules. If gloves are worn, they must be disinfected in the same way as hands.

Masks

  • Customers and staff, even if already protected by a glass screen or equivalent device, must wear a mask at all times in areas accessible to the public as soon as they enter the facility or establishment;
     
  • Employees may be allowed to remove their masks (e.g. in storage areas or break areas) provided that they are alone or that safety distances are respected.

Retail business operators, or their substitutes, shall:

  • Ensure that both employees and customers wear masks and wear them correctly (covering both the nose and mouth);
     
  • Without exception, do not engage in actions such as "tastings" or "test-appling of products" (cosmetics, make-up) that involve momentary mask withdrawal and close interpersonal contacts.

Are exempted from wearing a mask: 

  • children before their twelfth birthday;
  • people who cannot wear a mask for specific reasons, particularly medical reasons related to a disability or for the purpose of communicating with a deaf or hearing-impaired person.

One may be requested to remove his/her mask briefly for identification purposes.

Masks include hygiene masks or fabric masks bearing if possible the Testex label. "Home-made" masks or self-made masks, visors, masks with valves, scarves and other clothing are not considered masks. A mask must be worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth. 

Cleaning 

Retail business operators, or their substitutes, shall:

  • Ensure regular cleaning of shopping basket handles and caddie bars or provide cleaning fluids, paper wipes and dustbins (with automatic non-contact or foot-operated lids) so that customers can disinfect these surfaces;
     
  • Ensure that other surfaces frequently touched by customers (touch screens and terminals, keyboards, scanners, door handles, lift buttons, stair railings, etc.) are cleaned several times a day with soap or a common cleaning product. 

Fittings and adaptations

Surfaces frequently in contact with the hands of customers or staff (doors, handles, knobs, keyboards, touch screens) are limited to a minimum (e.g. by leaving doors open). 

Whenever possible, these surfaces are: 

  • replaced by automatic systems (motion detectors or levers operated by foot or elbow);
  • replaced by individual systems for staff (remote controls, key used as a handle, mobile phone acting as a payment terminal).

If such adaptations are not possible, it is recommended to install nearby:

  • automatic and non-contact dispensers of hydro-alcoholic hand solution/gel;
  • or dispensers for paper wipes and large waste bins (with automatic or foot-operated lids).

Ventilation

  • Retail business operators, or their substitutes, shall properly air or ventilate all premises accommodating customers so as to regularly renew the indoor air;
    • Particular attention must be paid to ventilation or airing in the following rooms or locations: toilets, changing rooms, fitting rooms.

Billboards

At the entrance and in the checkout areas, put up posters provided by the State of Geneva (or alternatively a poster with the same information) reminding staff and customers of the behaviour  and regulations to be observed (obligations).
 

Appendix 4 - Measures for museums, archives, exhibition halls and libraries 

Distance, access limitation and density control

Managers, or their substitute, shall ensure that the distance between two persons is at least 1.5 m (required distance).

Managers, or their substitute, must :

  • Limit access to areas where people can move freely: 
    • a. for museums with a surface area up to 40 m2:
      • to a maximum of 3 visitors at the same time;
    • b. for museums with a surface area between 41m2 and 500 m2:
      • to 10 m2 per visitor,
      • but a minimum of 5 visitors allowed; 
    • c. for museums with a surface area between 501m2 and 1500 m2:
      • to 15 m2 per visitor, 
      • but a minimum of 50 visitors allowed;
    • d. for museums with a surface area of 1500 m2 or more:
      • to 25 m2 per visitor, 
      • but a minimum of 100 visitors allowed;
    • e. ensure that, in facilities and settings other than the museums, each person present (staff, visitors) is allocated at least 10 m2 of the total floor area to ensure that the safety distance of 1.5 metres is respected at all times (but at least 5 persons are allowed) and that, in facilities and establishments with a maximum surface area of 30 m2, each person is allocated at least 6 m2. These requirements do not apply to activities involving children and teenagers born in 2001 or after.
       
  • Prohibit entry to visitors when maximum density is reached;

  • Separate, whenever possible, incoming and outgoing streams of visitors, especially during peak periods;

  • Prevent any gathering of people, both outside (organise queues, indicate the distances to be respected) and inside, particularly at the entrance and inside lifts, in escalator areas, upon approaching ticket booths or inside certain rooms;

  • Display, at the entrance and inside lifts, the maximum number of people allowed, so that the interpersonal distance is maintained;

  • Remove all bottlenecks that may slow down the flow of visitors and bring people closer together;

  • Avoid, without exception, all activities that generate an influx of visitors to an area and superfluous interactions.

Hydro-alcoholic solution/gel and hand hygiene

Managers, or their substitute, shall: 

  • Provide visitors with dispensers, if possible contact-free or foot-operated, containing hydro-alcoholic solution or gel;
  • Ensure that these dispensers always contain disinfectant solution or hydroalcoholic gel authorised by the FOPH or conforming to the standards of the FOPH's general decision of 28th February 2020 (at no time may the solution or gel be diluted with other substances), correctly labelled, and that their distribution is not hindered by a malfunction of the dispenser;
  • Place the dispensers in a manner visible to visitors at the entrances and exits of installations and settings;
  • Ensure that no person enters a facility or establishment without first disinfecting his/her hands.

People must disinfect their hands at the entrance to a facility or setting.

Masks

  • Visitors and staff, even if already protected by a glass screen or equivalent device, must wear a mask at all times in areas accessible to the public as soon as they enter the facility or setting;
  • Employees may be allowed to remove their masks (e.g. in storage areas or break areas) provided that they are alone or that safety distances are respected.

Managers, or their substitute, shall:

  • Ensure that both employees and visitors wear masks and wear them correctly (covering both the nose and mouth). 

Are exempted from wearing a mask: 

  • Children before their twelfth birthday;
  • People who cannot wear a mask for specific reasons, particularly medical reasons related to a disability or for the purpose of communicating with a deaf or hearing-impaired person;

One may be requested to remove his/her mask briefly for identification purposes.

Masks consist of hygiene masks or fabric masks bearing if possible the Testex label. "Home-made" masks or self-made masks, visors, masks with valves, scarves and other clothing are not considered masks. A mask must be worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth.

Cleaning

Managers, or their substitute, shall:

  • Make sure that surfaces frequently touched by visitors ( terminals and touch screens, keyboards, door handles, lift buttons, stair railings, etc.) are cleaned several times a day with soap or a common cleaning detergent. 

Fittings and adaptations

  • Surfaces frequently hand-touched by visitors or staff (doors, handles, knobs, keyboards, touch screens) are limited to a minimum (e.g. by leaving doors open). Whenever possible, these surfaces are:
    • replaced by automatic systems (motion detectors or levers operated by foot or elbow);
    • replaced by individual systems for staff (remote controls, key used as a handle, mobile phone used as a payment terminal).
  • In the absence of such adaptations, it is recommended that they be installed nearby: 
    • automatic and non-contact dispensers of hydro-alcoholic hand solution/gel;
    • or paper wipe dispensers and large dustbins (with an automatic or foot-operated lid).

Ventilation

  • Managers, or their substitute, shall properly air or ventilate the premises receiving the public so as to regularly renew the indoor air;
    • Particular attention must be paid to ventilation or airing in the following settings or locations: toilets, cloakrooms.

Billboards

Managers, or their substitute, shall put up, at the entrance, reception desk and cash registars,  posters provided by the State of Geneva (or alternatively a poster with the same information) indicating the conduct to be observed by staff and visitors (obligations).

 

Appendix 6 - Measures relating to religious services and other religious ceremonies

Limiting access and controlling density

Religious celebration officiants (hereafter officiants) or their substitutes must :

  • Limit access to the religious celebrations so that each person present (participants, officiants) has at least 4 m2 of the total floor area available to allow them to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres at all times when seated or standing (signs are put up to enable the public to quickly identify the authorised and prohibited places or spaces), this up to the maximum number of participants authorised.
  • Collect participants' data (surname, first name, mobile phone, e-mail) by prior registration and by electronic means (CoGa, Excel file, internet form).
  • Limit the number of people registered per celebration according to the maximum density authorised for each place of worship (4 m2/person) and while remaining within the limits of the maximum number of authorised participants.
  • Prohibit the entry of participants when the maximum density or the limit of the number of people is reached. If necessary, install additional equipment to enable the ceremony to be followed off-site (videoconferencing, etc.)
  • Prohibit entry to any person showing symptoms and recommend that he or she be tested as soon as possible.
  • Separate incoming and outgoing flows and allow sufficient time between each celebration so that participants do not intersect with each other.
  • Prevent any gathering of people, both outside and inside, by encouraging a smooth flow of people arriving and leaving the ceremony and ensuring that participants do not park near the place of worship.
  • Remove at all times, including at the entrance and exit, all bottlenecks that could slow down the flow of visitors and bring people closer together.
  • In the case of ceremonial practices which cannot be temporarily dispensed with and which lead to a gathering or influx of participants towards a sector of the place of worship, ensure that a safety distance of 1.5 metres is maintained at all times: for the communion ritual, for example, divide the sites within the place of worship.

Hydro-alcoholic solution/gel and hand hygiene

Religious officiants or their substitutes must:

  • Provide participants with dispensers, if possible contact-free or foot-operated, containing hydro-alcoholic solution or gel.
  • Ensure that the dispensers always contain disinfectant solution or hydro-alcoholic gel authorised by the FOPH or conforming to the standards of the FOPH's general decision of 28 February 2020 (at no time may the solution or gel be diluted with other substances), correctly labelled, and that their distribution is not hindered by a malfunction of the dispenser.
  • Place the dispensers in a manner visible to participants at the entrances and exits of places of worship.
  • Make sure that no one enters the place of worship without first disinfecting their hands (direct visual control of the disinfection of each person).
  • Participants must disinfect their hands on entering and leaving the place of worship.

Gloves are not recommended. Wearing gloves does not dispense with the above rules as they can also be a source of contamination.

Masks

  • Participants must wear masks at all times in the areas accessible to the public from the moment they enter the place of worship except for the brief moments necessary during communion for the personal consumption of consecrated food.
  • During the ceremonies and provided that the safety distance is strictly respected, the officiants and those involved in the organisation of the ceremony are authorised to remove the mask for the personal consumption of consecrated food during communion and when addressing the assembly of participants (preaching, sermon, prayer, invocation, etc.).
  • Officials and those involved in the organisation of the ceremony may be allowed to remove their masks in the annexed premises provided that safety distances are respected or that they are alone.

Religious officiants or their substitutes must :

  • Ensure that all participants wear masks and wear them correctly (both on the nose and mouth);

Are exempt from wearing a mask: 

  • children under 12 years of age;
  • persons who cannot wear a mask for special reasons, particularly medical reasons, in connection with a disability or to communicate with a deaf or hearing-impaired person.

A request may be made to remove the mask briefly for identification purposes.

Hygiene masks or fabric masks are masks which should bear the Testex label if possible. Home-made or self-made masks, visors, masks with valves, scarves and other clothing are not considered to be masks.

A mask must be worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth.

Cleaning

Officials and their replacements must:

  • Ensure that frequently touched surfaces (stands, tables and objects used in the ceremony, door handles, handrails, benches/chairs, toilets, etc.) are cleaned before and after each ceremony with soap or a common cleaning product.

Arrangements and adaptations

  • Throughout the ceremony, children must be supervised by the accompanying adults.
  • Books, documentation, ceremonial objects and any other object placed at the disposal of the participants are prohibited.
  • If necessary, they must be replaced by documents or objects for individual and one-off use only and not interchangeable (for example, photocopies of prayers).Participants are requested to bring their own books and ceremonial objects for their exclusive use during the celebration (e.g. prayer mats, rosary).
  • Ceremonial practices involving interpersonal contacts (e.g., handshake or imposition of hands, hugging, etc.), exchange of objects (e.g., sacred book, money collection baskets, etc.), contact with a shared surface or object (e.g., icon, chalice, etc.), liquid (e.g., ablutions, font, baptismal font, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Ceremonial practices that can be adapted to avoid direct contact or through objects can be considered subject to strict observance of sanitary rules. For example, the consecration of hosts/breads previously packed in individual portions or of wine/juice in small individual cups for distribution to the participants during communion. Otherwise, the practice is not allowed.
  • Amateur or professional choirs, professional singers, as well as songs sung by the assembly of participants or officials are prohibited, as well as the use of wind instruments, except for the organ.
  • Prayers may be psalmodised by the officiants, as long as a distance of at least 3 metres is possible between the officiants themselves and between the officiants and the public.
  • The prayers are psalmodied by the assembly of participants, wearing masks.
  • Surfaces frequently touched by those present (doors, handles, etc.) are kept to a minimum (e.g. by leaving the doors open) and disinfected periodically. In particular, the microphones, whether fixed or mobile, will either be reserved for individual use or disinfected between each speaker.

Ventilation

Places used for celebrations must be properly ventilated in order to regularly renew the indoor air (open doors and windows and encourage natural air renewal).

This ventilation must be reinforced, in terms of scale (more doors and windows open) and duration, during each ceremony and between each ceremony if several ceremonies take place in succession. A minimum interval of 10 minutes should be allowed for ventilation.
Particular attention must be paid to ventilation or aeration in the following premises or locations : 

  • Toilets;
  • Changing rooms.

Information

Rules relating to hygiene, the wearing of masks, physical distance and sanitary rules specific to the conduct of the ceremony must be recalled at the time of data registration and at the opening of each celebration.

 

 

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