3. Events (including large ones), public functions and fairs
1) Public events (up to 1'000 people)
Events where access is possible without a COVID-19 certificate
- The limit is up to 1'000 persons if visitors have a seat.
- The limit is up to 250 persons indoors and 500 outdoors if visitors are standing or can move around freely.
- The limit does not include staff and facilities may only be filled to two-thirds of their capacity.
The organisation of events, where visitors dance, is prohibited.
Indoors, masks must be worn, distances must be kept if possible, and drinking is only allowed in restaurants or while being seated, provided that contact details are collected.
Events where access is restricted to holders of a COVID-19 certificate
There are no restrictions other than :
- Drawing up and implementing a protection plan that includes measures concerning hygiene and the enforcement of access restrictions
- Requesting a sanitary authorisation from the cantonal doctor's office for events with more than 1'000 people (see below).
2) Large events (over 1'000 people)
Access to large events is only permitted on presentation of a COVID certificate. They are therefore not subject to any restrictions other than :
- Drawing up and implementing a protection plan that includes measures concerning hygiene and the implementation of access restrictions;
- Applying for a sanitary authorisation from the cantonal medical office.
The organiser of specialised trade fairs (e.g. professional salons) and general public fairs (e.g. car shows) must draw up and implement a protection plan:
- Events that restrict access - for persons aged 16 years and above - to holders of a COVID certificate are not subject to any restrictions other than the protection plan, which includes measures concerning hygiene and the implementation of access restrictions. For those that do not require the presentation of a COVID certificate, masks are compulsory inside and drinking and eating is only possible in the areas designated for consumption.
- Those that bring together more than 1,000 visitors or participants per day must also obtain a sanitary authorisation from the cantonal medical office.
When applying for a sanitary authorisation, the organiser must also submit a specific protection plan which provides for the protective measures specified in Art. 10 of Ordinance COVID-19 Special Situation, (French) based on an risk assessment of the event and he/she must plan all necessary measures. Protective measures are detailed in Appendix 1 of Ordinance COVID-19 Special Situation.
This application must be submitted at least two weeks before the event. To do this, it is necessary to :
- Complete the authorisation form;
- Send the specific protection plan to firstname.lastname@example.org with the completed Excel file.
The cantonal doctor's office will send a decision to approve or refuse the event as soon as possible after analysing the file.
The department in charge of health, on the advice of the cantonal doctor's office, may revoke an authorisation or issue additional restrictions if the epidemiological situation deteriorates to the extent that the event can no longer take place, or if an organiser has not complied with the measures provided for in the protection plan.