New coronavirus: Requirements for sets of precautionary measures

The Federal Council is gradually easing measures and restrictions. Establishments, businesses, schools and event organisers must comply with strict requirements to protect public health. Safety recommendations and hygiene rules continue to apply.

In March, the Federal Council introduced measures to protect the health of the population. It is now gradually relaxing these measures. As of 6 June, most business sectors, institutions and schools can start operating again. Even events for up to 300 people will be able to go ahead. However, in order to do so, they must prepare and implement sets of precautionary measures.

Rules on protection – Precautionary measures

When businesses and institutions reopen and events take place again, there will be more people on the move. The relevant sectors, businesses, event organisers and schools must therefore draw up a set of precautionary measures to meet these requirements, the latter in conjunction with the relevant cantonal and communal authorities.

The sets of precautionary measures are based on the hygiene and social distancing rules and health and worker protection principles that we have produced in conjunction with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. All events, businesses and schools must prepare and put in place measures to comply with social distancing and hygiene rules. The precautionary measures are intended to protect customers, participants and staff as best as possible from becoming infected with the coronavirus.

The businesses, institutions and schools themselves are primarily responsible for introducing these precautionary measures and not the state.

The requirements with regard to sets of precautionary measures may change as measures are eased. Be sure to check regularly that the set of precautionary measures applicable for your particular sector meets the latest requirements.


Requirements and model sets of precautionary measures can be found on the SECO website (in German, French or Italian)

Children and schools

Childcare institutions

Please refer to the ‘FOPH basic principles for resuming classroom teaching at primary and lower secondary schools’: German (PDF, 221 kB, 07.05.2020), French (PDF, 212 kB, 07.05.2020), Italian (PDF, 222 kB, 07.05.2020). Kibesuisse, in conjunction with pre enfance, has drawn up a model set of precautionary measures for childcare facilities based on these basic principles.

Primary and lower secondary schools

Please refer to the FOPH basic principles for resuming classroom teaching at primary and lower secondary schools.

Upper secondary, higher education and other educational institutions

Please refer to the Basic principles for the resumption of classroom teaching at upper-secondary schools, tertiary level and CET institutions, available in German, French and Italian on the SERI website.

Gastronomy sector

Requirements and precautionary measures on the Gastrosuisse website (in German, French or Italian)

Medical practices and institutions run by health professionals

Requirements and links to existing precautionary measures on the FOPH website Information for health professionals (in German, French or Italian).

Public transport

Requirements and precautionary measures on the FOT website (in German, French or Italian)


Requirements and precautionary measures on the Swiss Olympic website (in German and French).

Employers must protect people at especially high risk

Employees at high risk should receive special protection. On 16 April, the Federal Council specified who is considered to be at high risk and what protective measures need to be taken.

Further information can be found on the page 'Measures, ordinance and explanations'.

Recommendations for employers

Employers should

  • be accommodating with regard to medical certificates, and not require a certificate until an employee has been absent for at least 5 days. This will relieve the pressure on doctors and the health system.
  • inform their employees about personal and workplace-related protective measures. They must adapt these measures to comply with the Ordinance and the latest recommendations from the FOPH.
  • allow their employees not to use public transport at peak times.
  • allow their employees to work flexible hours and from home if possible.

Further information

New coronavirus: Contact information and links

New coronavirus: Infoline phone numbers, links to federal and cantonal authority websites and other useful websites.

People at especially high risk

The new coronavirus poses a particular risk to people over the age of 65 years and for adults with an underlying medical condition. They may become seriously ill. What should they, as well as younger and healthy people, pay attention to?

Recommendations for everyday life

The current situation is having an impact on our daily lives. How can we best deal with this challenge? Find out here how you can look after your health and where you can get help if you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new coronavirus

Do you have any questions regarding the risk of infection, travel and tourism, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and protecting yourself from infection? You will find many answers here.

Last modification 29.05.2020

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