COVID-19 - Restrictions, closures and other measures

1. Overview

Federal Ordinance (amendment of 14th April 2021)

During its session of 14th  April 2021, the Federal Council decided to go a step further by allowing further easings. As of Monday 19th April, under certain restrictions, it is once again possible to : 

  • organise professional events in front of a limited audience, for example in stadiums, cinemas, concert halls and theatres.
  • carry out sports activities, including certain competitions, and cultural activities indoors.
  • use outdoor areas (terraces) of bars & restaurants.

All re-authorised activities must - with a few exceptions - be carried out while wearing a mask and respecting the prescribed distances. 

Cantonal decree (amendment of 16th April 2021)

On 16h April 2021, the State Council adapted its implementing decree on the COVID measures in order to take into account these new easings of measures and the extension of other restrictions. The validity of the decree has been extended until 31st May 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

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 indoor and outdoor areas of facilities and establishments accessible to the public, other than retail outlets

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 5 - Measures for facilities and establishments providing food and beverages

Limiting access and controlling distances

Managers or their substitutes must : 

  • limit the number of people per table to 4, unless the customers are parents with their own children;
  • ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each group of customers or install effective partitions:
  • receive each client or group of clients at the entrance to the establishment (inside or on the terrace) to:


1- ensure that the customer wears a mask and disinfects his or her hands.
2- direct the customers for orders and take-away sales.
3- place customers and collect data from each customer according to the establishment's seating plan. When it is not possible to guarantee the collection of the data of each customer according to the identified table and time, only take-away sales are allowed.

  • separate, where possible, incoming and outgoing flows, especially during busy periods;
  • prevent any gathering of people, both outside (organise the queue, indicate distances to be respected) and Inside;
  • display the maximum number of people allowed inside on the door of the washrooms and toilets, ensuring that there is at least 4m2 per customer in these areas or that only one customer is allowed
  • no activities related to the offer of drinks, entertainment or games should be allowed without exception;
  • only play background music (maximum 75dB);
  • prohibit access to persons who do not enter as customers (selling flowers, Escalade songs, Christmas carols, begging).

 

Hydro-alcoholic solution/gel and hand hygiene

Managers, or their substitutes, shall:

  • make available to customers, at the entrances and exits of facilities and establishments, dispensers containing hydro-alcoholic solution or gel, if possible without contact or foot-operated
  • place a pump bottle of hydro-alcoholic solution or gel on each table and at the counter (ensure that there are no flames nearby, such as candles or stoves);
  • ensure that the dispensers always contain disinfectant solution or hydro-alcoholic gel authorised by the FOPH, in compliance with the standards of the FOPH's general decision of 28 February 2020 (at no time must the solution or gel be diluted with other substances), correctly labelled and that their distribution is not hindered by a malfunction of the dispenser;
  • ensure that no person enters the facility or establishment without prior hand disinfection.

Customers should disinfect their hands upon entering a facility or establishment.

Masks

  • customers must wear a mask when entering the establishment or faciltity, in indoor or outdoor (terrace) areas, and may only remove it when seated to consume at their allocated seats and must put it back on when moving about;
  • service staff in areas accessible to the public must wear the mask at all times;
  • staff may be allowed to remove their masks (e.g. in stock areas or break areas) provided they are alone or that safety distances are respected.

Managers, or their substitutes, should ensure that both employees and customers wear masks and wear them correctly (both over the nose and mouth).

They may be asked to remove the mask briefly for identification purposes.


Cleaning

Managers, or their substitutes must:

  • ensure that tables are cleaned or tablecloths changed between each group of customers;
  • ensure that other surfaces frequently touched by customers (touch-screens and terminals, door handles, lift buttons, stair railings, etc.) are cleaned several times a day with soap or a common cleaning product;
  • ensure that toilets and washbasins are cleaned several times a day with soap or a common cleaning product and that soap dispensers, roll-up towels or wipes and rubbish bins (with automatic non-contact lids or foot operated) are provided.


Arrangements and adaptations

Partitions are considered effective if they meet the following criteria:

  • they are at least 70 cm higher than the table top
  • they extend horizontally beyond the edge of the table by at least 50 cm on both sides 
  • they are made of metal, plastic, acrylic glass, glass, wood, cardboard or thick fabric.

Surfaces frequently touched by the hands of customers and staff (doors, handles, buttons, keyboards, touch screens) are kept to a minimum (e.g. by leaving doors open);

Wherever possible, these surfaces are :

  • replaced by automatic systems (motion detectors or foot or elbow levers)
  • replaced by personalised systems for staff (remote controls, keys as handles, mobile phones as payment terminals).

Where such facilities are not available, it is recommended that

  •  automatic, non-contact dispensers of hand sanitiser/gel or paper wipe dispensers and large waste bins (with self-opening or foot-operated lids) be installed nearby:
  •  automatic, touch-free dispensers of hydro-alcoholic hand solution/gel or paper wipe dispensers and large waste bins (with automatic or foot-operated lids).

Managers or their substitutes should :

  • remove self-service food such as buffets or baskets of pastries from the tables
  • remove self-service cutlery
  • give priority to contactless presentation of the food offer, i.e. QR code, menu displayed on the wall, menu written on a blackboard, etc.

Seated eating areas shared by several establishments (food court) are prohibited unless joint management is put in place by the operators and compliance with protection standards is guaranteed (hand disinfection, collection of data from each customer according to identified table and time, distance between tables and groups, etc.).


Ventilation

  • Managers, or their substitute, shall properly air or ventilate the premises receiving the public so as to regularly renew the indoor air;
  • In establishments and dining facilities without windows, the entrance door should be left open or ajar to provide continuous ventilation.


Billboards

Managers, or their substitute, shall put up, at the entrance and indoors,  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.

 

 

Mandatory poster billing

2. Establishments, shops, services and activities

  • Discotheques and nightclubs
    These establishments are closed.
     
  • Bars and restaurants
    Indoor areas are closed.
    Terraces and other outdoor areas (uncovered or open on at least half of their sides) of establishments offering drinks may be open between 6.00 and 23.00. Customers must consume seated and no more than 4 people may sit at each table, with the exception of parents with their children.
    Canteens and day-care facilities in compulsory schools that serve only students, faculty members and school employees may be open.
    Company restaurants and restaurants that cater for professional drivers, agricultural and construction professionals, craftsmen and assembly service employees may be open between 6.00 and 22.00. Customers must eat while seated with a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each person.
    Hotel restaurants may remain open between 6.00 and 23.00, customers must eat seated and no more than 4 people per table, except for parents with their children.
    Takeaway and delivery services are still allowed between 6.00 and 23.00.
     
  • Cultural, sports, fitness and leisure facilities
    Outdoor areas may be open.
    Indoor areas where wearing of masks and respect of distances are guaranteed can be opened.
    Indoor areas for educational, sports and cultural activities. 
    Riding facilities are open.
    Indoor areas necessary for the use of outdoor areas, such as entrances, toilets, sanitary facilities and changing rooms are open. 
     
  • Shops, markets and service enterprises 
    All shops, service businesses and markets may be open.
    However, the number of authorised customers is restricted for shops and service businesses. 

3. Meetings, gatherings and events

Organisation and/or taking part in an event within the family circle and between friends, limited to 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors, including children, is possible.

Organising and/or taking part in another event limited to 15 people, including children, is possible.

The following are exempt from this capacity limitation :

  • Religious services, religions cérémonies such as weddings, baptisms and funerals, involving up to 50 participants, in addition to those officiating;
  • Corporate assemblies that cannot be postponed or held at a distance, up to 50 participants;
  • Sessions of the Grand Council and its committees as well as municipal councils sessions and their committees;
  • Meetings and assemblies of political parties, associations and groups to determine a position in the event of a vote or to present a list of candidates for an election, with up to 50 participants;
  • Information or signature collection booths or similar stands on the public highway, up to 15 people at a time; 
  • Employer and employee trade unions and staff meetings, up to 50 participants;
  • Free distribution of basic necessity goods to the population within a social action framework;
  • Meetings of institutional beneficiaries as referred to in Art. 2 para. 1 of the Loi du 22 juin 2007 sur l'Etat hôte that are urgent and absolutely necessary, that cannot be organised at a distance, arising from a specific political mandate in connection with peace processes or good offices;
  • Static political or civil society démonstrations;
  • Collecting signatures;
  • Events organised within the framework of training activities;
  • Events without an audience in the framework of authorised activities in the field of sport and culture;
  • Proceedings of judicial and conciliation authorities;
  • Commercial events, such as trade fairs, in outdoor areas;
  • Professional events with an attendance of up to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

4. Training facilities, schools and nurseries

The following are authorised, subject to the implementation of a protection plan:

  • Early childhood institutions.
  • Face-to-face teaching in schools up to secondary II level.
  • Face-to-face teaching of language and culture of origin courses (LCO) and various delegated courses within the framework of the cantonal legislation on public education.
  • Face-to-face activities, up to 50 persons with training rooms used at one third of their capacity in other facilities which provide training on a regular or occasional basis (including leisure training). This limit of 50 persons may be overstepped for didactic activities essential to the training course, examinations in connection with the training courses, in the field of higher vocational training or for obtaining an official certificate, if on-site presence is required. Masks must be worn.

5. Sports

The outdoor areas of sports, fitness and wellness facilities and establishments, as well as entrance halls, toilet facilities and cloakrooms, if required for their use; sports facilities reserved for hotel guests; equestrian centres are open.

The following is authorised:

  1. Sports activities with children, adolescents and young adults born in 2001 or after, including competitions without an audience.
  2. Sports activities involving persons born in 2000 or earlier as individuals or in groups of up to 15 persons outdoors, provided that a mask is worn or a distance of 1.5 metres is maintained. 
  3. Indoor sports activities for people born in 2000 or earlier, provided that the capacity limits of the facility are respected (the density is calculated according to the surface area available, with a minimum of 6m2 per person), the wearing of masks and the distances of 1.5 metres between participants. Participants may waive the need to wear a mask provided they have at least 25m2 for their exclusive use or at least 15m2 for stationary activity without any significant physical effort. If masks are not worn, the person in charge should collect the contact data. Sports activities that involve physical contact are prohibited.
  4. Sports activities (training, courses and competitions) for :

    a) Competitive athletes who hold a national or regional Swiss Olympic performance passport (Swiss Olympic Card) or who are part of a national team of a national sports federation and who train on a personalised basis, in groups of maximum 15 people or in fixed competition teams, including students who are part of the sport-art-étude system who meet these requirements.

    b) Training activities and matches of teams belonging to a professional or semi-professional league or a national youth league; if matches take place at professional or semi-professional level in a league of one gender, training activities and matches are also permitted in the corresponding league of the other gender.

See also: Coronavirus : informations relatives au sport #9 (in French only)

6. Cultural activities and entertainment

Culture (music, theatre, artistic dance)

In the non-professional field, with the exception of performances with an audience), the following are authorised:

  • Activities for children and adolescents born in 2001 or after;
  • Activities carried out at a personal level by persons born in 2000 or before;
  • Outdoor activities for groups involving no more than 15 people born in 2000 or earlier, on condition that the capacity limits (the density is calculated according to the surface area available, with a minimum of 6m2 available for each person), the wearing of masks and the 1.5 metre distance between participants are respected. Participants may forego wearing masks if they have a minimum of 25m2 for their exclusive use or a minimum of 15m2 for a stationary activity that does not involve singing, wind instruments or significant physical effort. If the mask is not worn, the person in charge should collect the contact data.

In the professional field, the following are authorised:

  • All activities of artists or ensembles;
  • Singing activities are subject to the following rules:
    • Choir performances with an audience are not permitted;
    • Rehearsals and performances involving singers are only permitted if each person wears a mask and the required distance is maintained at all times. The distance may be reduced if there are effective partitions. Masks may be foregone when this is necessary to carry out the activity provided that each person has an area of at least 25m2 for their exclusive use and the person in charge collects data from all participants. 
       
Entertainment

In the field of entertainment, the activities of socio-cultural organisations and institutions dealing with children and young people are authorised if they meet the following conditions:

  • They consist of activities involving children and teenagers born in 2001 or after;
  • A professional supervises the activities of the children and teenagers;
  • The protection plan mentions:
    1. The authorised activities; parties, dance events and the distribution of food and drink are in any event excluded;
    2. The maximum authorised number of children and teenagers.

7. Masks

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

It is mandatory to wear a mask in :

  • Enclosed areas including vehicles where there are more thant one person.
  • Enclosed and outdoor areas of facilities and establishments open to the public, including stations, bus and tram stops;
  • Access areas and queues outside facilities or establishments where wearing a mask is mandatory;
  • Public transport vehicles (trains, buses, trams, boats, etc.);
    • Busy areas in urban centres or villages where pedestrians move about. As of 28th November, the communes will define the zones and times during which this obligation applies. The State Council may decide to impose the wearing of masks in other areas.

Zones where it is mandatory to wear a mask

Prohibition of access :

  • Access to any facilities, establishments, events and other places open to the public, including public transport vehicles, may be prohibited by any person in charge, such as an operator, driver or organiser, to any person who does not comply with the health measures designed to combat the coronavirus.

The following people are not obliged to wear a mask :

  • Children before their twelfth birthday;
  • People who cannot wear a mask for specific reasons, particularly medical reasons, in connection with a disability, or in order to communicate with a deaf person or a person who is hard of hearing.
    To justify on medical grounds, the person must produce a certificate issued by a specialist authorised to practise under his or her own professional responsibility pursuant to the law of 23 June 2006 concerning medical professions (loi du 23 juin 2006 sur les professions médicales) or the law of 18 March 2011 concerning professions relating to psycological matters (loi du 18 mars 2011 sur les professions de la psychologie).
  •  Customers in catering establishments and bars if they are consuming food or beverages at a table;
  •  Individuals performing in front of an audience, namely speakers;
  • Athletes and artists in accordance with Articles 15 and 16.

Authorised masks :

  • Hygiene masks or cloth masks - with the exception of "home-made" fabric masks - that properly cover both the nose and mouth.

Forbidden masks :

  • Home-made fabric masks, masks with a valve, visors, scarves and other cloth garments;
  • Masks that do not properly cover both the nose and mouth.

8. Safeguarding employees

Employers shall ensure that the on-site activities involving their employees are limited to the minimum number necessary, especially with regard to vulnerable persons.

They must ensure strict compliance with the prevention measures set out in Article 10 of the COVID-19 Federal Ordinance on Measures during the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic.

In addition, they implement and enforce the measures of Appendix 2 of the State Council Ordinance.