COVID-19 - Restrictions, closures and other measures

1. Overview

1) Federal Ordinance (amendments - status as of 13th September 2021)

Since 1st July 2021, the COVID-19 certificate has been mandatory for major events with 1'000 or more people in clubs, discotheques and dances (the so-called red area). 

During its session of 8th September 2021, the Federal Council decided that, in view of the current epidemiological situation and the large number of hospital beds being occupied, the obligation to present a certificate would be extended to other areas as from 13th September 2021: 

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Consult the Ordonnance COVID-19 situation particulière (Available in French, German and Italian)

The COVID-19 certificate is compulsory for all persons aged 16 and over in the following venues :  

  • Discotheques and dance halls (indoor and outdoor)
  • Restaurants, bars, cafés (indoor areas)
  • Cultural facilities and institutions (museums, libraries, concert halls, theatres, cinemas), entertainment (casinos, escape games), leisure (billiard halls) and sports (bowling, fitness centres, climbing rooms, swimming pools), unless they only open their outdoor areas (zoos, swimming pools)

The COVID-19 certificate is compulsory for all persons aged 16 and over to participate in the following events :

  • Large events, i.e. over 1,000 people (indoor and outdoor)
  • Specialist trades fairs and fairs for the general public (Les Automnales, car shows) unless they are held outdoors only
  • Indoor events, with some exceptions (for more details, see point 3)

No certificate requirement is applied to the following activities and venues :

  • Indoor events up to a maximum of 30 people who meet regularly and are known to the organiser
  • Events between family or friends in premises not accessible to the public up to a maximum of 30 people 
  • Religious events and events for the formation of political opinions, up to a maximum of 50 people 
  • Public transport, retail trade and airport transit areas 
  • Legislative assemblies
  • Personal services, such as hairdressing salons, therapeutic and counselling services
  • Catering services at social contact points (e.g. soup kitchens) 
  • Workplaces and training establishments


2) Cantonal decree (amendment of 5th August 2021)

In accordance with the recommendations of the FOPH, the State Council has enacted specific measures aimed at reducing the risk of contamination in health care institutions. 

Since 23rd August 2021, in order to be able to carry out their activity, when it requires close contact with the persons under their care, the staff of public and private inpatient medical establishments, medico-social institutions (EMS), institutions for the handicapped (EPH), home care and assistance organisations and day-care homes for the elderly must have a valid COVID-19 certificate (vaccination, COVID-19 recovery or a negative test) or participate in the screening system set up by the establishment.

In order to strengthen the protection of the people cared for in these institutions, visitors must also present their COVID-19 certificate (vaccination, COVID-19 recovery). 


3) Information about the issue and control of the COVID certificate - FOPH

The obligation to present a certificate applies to persons aged 16 and over. 

The COVID certificate is issued to persons who have been vaccinated, cured or have a negative test result, either in paper form or via an application. 

The authenticity and validity of the certificates can be checked via the freely available application: "COVID Certificate Check". 

Operators of establishments and organisers of events where access is restricted to persons holding a certificate must organise access control and ensure that the staff in charge of access control use the "COVID Certificate Check" application correctly and verify the identity of persons by means of a photo ID document.

The QR code on the paper certificate or in the "COVID Certificate" application is scanned. The surname, first name and date of birth of the person holding the certificate and its validity are displayed. The person checking the certificate must compare the surname, first name and date of birth with the information on a photo ID document (e.g. passport, ID card, driving licence, residence permit, student card or SwissPass). This ensures that the certificate has been issued to the person in question. 

See also:

More information about the COVID certificate in the COVID-19 certificates webpage.

Dernière modification
11 September 2021
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