COVID-19 - Restrictions, closures and other measures

1. Overview

Ordinance of the State Council of 1st November 2020

The State Council has had to acknowledge the inadequacy of the measures taken so far at federal and cantonal levels to stop the exponential increase in hospital admissions. It has therefore declared a state of necessity and taken a series of measures, details of which can be found in its ruling of 1st November 2020.

After the reopening of various activities from 21st November 2020 (namely, personal services involving physical contacts such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, tattoo artists and therapists), the State Council has agreed on some new concessions that will come into force as of Saturday 28th November 2020 (reopening of retail businesses, museums, libraries and exhibition venues).

All other measures are extended until at least midnight on 17th December. The State Council doesn't rule out the possibility of having to extend them.

Restrictions, closures and other measures

Information on closures and prohibitions (Public establishments, businesses, services and activities and Gatherings, events and demonstrations) concerns all fields.
In addition to these limitations, further measures apply to the fields of education, sports and culture.

All fields

  •     Public establishments, shops, services and activities
  •     Meetings, gatherings and events
  •     Masks
  •     Safeguarding employees

Further measures

  •     Training facilities, schools and nurseries
  •     Sport and dance
  •     Singing, music and theater

Annexes 

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

The business operator, or his/her replacement, shall implement and enforce the following measures:

Access limitation and density control

  • Limit access to areas where people can move freely so that each person present (staff, customers) can have at least 10m2 of the total floor space available, ensuring that the safety distance of 1.5 metres is respected at all times;
  • Prohibit entry to customers when maximum density is reached;
  • Separate, whenever possible, incoming and outgoing streams of customers, especially during peak periods;
  • Prevent any gathering of people, both outside the shop (organise the queue, indicate the distances to be respected), and inside, particularly in front of lifts, in escalator areas, near checkout counters or near certain sections or stalls (fruit and vegetables, toys, cosmetics, festive products);
  • Display, at the entrance and inside lifts, the maximum number of people allowed, so that the interpersonal distance is maintained;
  • Remove any bottlenecks that may slow down the flow of customers and bring people closer together;
  • Avoid, without exception, all activities and campaigns that generate an influx of customers to a retail sector and unnecessary interactions, such as "flash sales", "tastings", " autograph sessions" or "gift wrapping", as well as events such as "Visits from Father Christmas".

Hydro-alcoholic solution/gel and hand hygiene

  • 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 must not : 

  • Handle goods without disinfecting their hands; 
  • Touch their face or mask while handling goods or serving customers. In which case, they must immediately disinfect their hands;
  • Touching the means of payment without disinfecting one's hands before and after (cash, terminal);
  • Testing or applying 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

  • Clients 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;
  • Ensure that both employees and customers wear masks and wear them correctly (both on the nose and mouth);
  • Without exception, do not engage in actions such as "tastings" or "test application 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 special 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 

  • Ensure regular cleaning of shopping basket handles and caddie bars or provide cleaning fluids, paper wipes and rubbish bins (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

  • Air or properly 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 relating to museums, exhibition halls and libraries

Operators, or their substitute, of museums, exhibition halls and libraries shall implement and enforce the following measures:

  • Access limitation and density control;
  • Limit access to areas where people can move freely so that each person present (staff, visitors) can have at least 10m2 of the total floor space available, ensuring that the safety distance of 1.5 metres is respected at all times;
  • 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 

  • 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

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

Are exempted from wearing a mask: 

  • Children before their twelfth birthday;
  • People who cannot wear a mask for special 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.

  • 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 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.

Cleaning

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 waste bins (with automatic or foot-operated lid).

Ventilation

  • Air or properly 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, changing rooms.

Billboards

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

 

Mandatory posters

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26 November 2020
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