1. Overview

As of July 31, 2020

Seated consumption in bars and restaurants

In bars and restaurants, drinks and meals are eaten while seated (take-away sales are still allowed). In the absence of separation (glass or equivalent), the safety distance of 1.5 m between each table must be respected.

Wearing a mask is compulsory for customers in bars and restaurants

The compulsory wearing of a mask is extended to customers in bars and restaurants except when they are seated at the table or at the counter. This rule applies to terrace customers and take-out sales. 

Collection of customer data from bars

Bars have an obligation to collect by a reliable means the identity and contact details of customers.


As of 28 July, 2020

Wearing a mask is mandatory In shops
  • It is compulsory for customers to wear the mask in Geneva shops.
    It is also compulsory for staff when they cannot benefit from another protection system (e.g. windows or Plexiglas).
  • For providers of services involving close physical contact
    Also concerned by the compulsory wearing of masks are service providers offering services involving close and prolonged physical contact (hairdressing salons, barber shops, beauty salons, etc.).
Hydroalcoholic solution

Those in charge of installations and establishments open to the public must make a hydro-alcoholic solution available to their customers. They must also ensure that no one enters their premises without first disinfecting their hands.

As of 24 July, 2020

Wearing a mask is mandatory

Service staff in public places such as restaurants and bars similar establishments must wear a hygiene mask.

As of 6 July, 2020

Wearing a mask is mandatory on all public transport in Switzerland.

Mandatory quarantine for travellers coming from a risk area

Announce a return from a risk area

Mandatory quarantine

Since 6 July 2020, and by decision of the Federal Council, quarantine has been compulsory for anyone entering Switzerland from a risk region during the 14 days preceding entry into Switzerland.

The quarantine begins on the date of return to Switzerland and lasts 10 days. Travellers returning from a region considered to be at risk are required to report to the cantonal health authority.

The list of States and territories concerned is contained in the annex to the COVID-19 Ordinance. It is updated regularly. The Order also indicates the exceptions to this measure. Exemptions are granted only on the basis of absolute necessity.

The hotline of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) answers your questions on +41 (0)58 464 44 88 every day from 6 am to 11 pm.

Action to be taken

It is recommended that you do not travel to the areas listed. However, if you are returning from one of these regions, then you should :

  • Return home immediately and stay there for 10 days, following the quarantine instructions.
  • Report your arrival within two days to the Cantonal Medical Service using this electronic form.
  • Follow the recommendations and explanations that will be given to you one day after sending the electronic form. An official quarantine decision will be sent to you.

Persons returning from a region not considered to be at risk do not have to take any special measures. However, you should follow the health recommendations in force.

These measures are intended to better protect the population. They are based on your cooperation.

SwissCovid application

The SwissCovid application warns people who have been in close proximity to an infected person over a long period of time, provided both have downloaded the application onto their phones. If a user has met an infected person, a notification informs him/her of the possible risk of having contracted the virus on the day of the meeting. He or she also obtains information on the FOPH infoline, which he or she can call for free advice.

The SwissCovid application helps to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. It completes the traditional contact tracing system used by the canton in the case of new infections and thereby helps to break the chains of transmission.

The SwissCovid application for mobile phones (Android/iPhone) is available from Apple Store and Google Play Store. It is free of charge and can be used freely.

Check also:

FOPH SwissCovid application and contact tracing


Non-vital emergencies et medical information about COVID-19 : 022 427 88 00

Open 7/7 | 24/24

You may also use the information hotline set up by the FOPH : 058 463 00 00


General information about COVID-19 : 022 327 41 11


Vital emergencies : 144


Psychological support : 143



Further information


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