New coronavirus: Requirements for precautionary measures and large-scale events

Specific precautionary measures must be created and implemented for establishments, businesses, schools and events. Large-scale events may be held once more under certain conditions from 1 October 2020.  

Current situation

More people are now moving around again in public spaces. The Federal Council is still depending on the public to behave responsibly to protect against the virus. The rules on hygiene and social distancing and the precautionary measures remain key, and will help to prevent new infections.

The ban on large-scale events with more than 1,000 spectators or participants will be lifted on 1 October 2020. The regulations for large-scale events were passed by the Federal Council on 2 September 2020. All large-scale events must be authorised by the canton in question. More detailed provisions apply to the games of professional leagues. Comprehensive information can be found in the section Large-scale events: requirements.

Precautionary measures: requirements

All publicly accessible buildings and businesses, including primary and secondary schools and other educational establishments, need to have precautionary measures in place. The same applies to public events. Private events and businesses not generally accessible to the public do not require precautionary measures. Please note that a limit of 300 people will apply for private events from 1 October 2020.

In order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading again, it is still important to keep an appropriate distance, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and to wear a mask and erect partitions where necessary.  

The same requirements apply to all these sectors. The requirements are regulated by the «Ordinance of 19 June 2020 on Measures during the Special Situation to Combat the COVID-19 Epidemic» (Art. 4 and Annex; in German, French or Italian). There are no longer any model sets of precautionary measures. However, business sectors and associations may still refer to them as an aid. Businesses and event organisers are still required to produce and put in place a set of precautionary measures. Information on precautionary measures can also be found on the SECO website (in German, French or Italian).

In all situations: People showing symptoms of illness should stay at home and get tested.

In general, the following requirements must be observed:

  1. The precautionary measures should involve hygiene considerations (e.g. possibility of washing or disinfecting hands, regular cleaning of surfaces) and observing a distance of at least 1.5 metres.
  2. If this distance cannot be observed, there must be appropriate protective measures in place such as wearing a mask or partitions.
  3. If neither this distance can be observed nor is it possible for protective measures to be taken, the business or event organiser must record the contact details of the persons present. This will ensure that, if someone tests positive for the coronavirus, all close contacts of this person can be traced (contact tracing). The business or event organiser must do the following:
    • Record information on the persons present so that their contact data can be gathered and used if necessary
    • On request: pass the contact data onto the cantonal authorities
    • Preserve the contact data for 14 days before destroying it.
  4. A person must be named who is responsible for the implementation of the precautionary measures and who is the contact person for the cantonal authorities.

Specific information on the requirements for precautionary measures, for gathering contact data and on the special measures for gatherings of more than 300 people can be found in the annex to the "Ordinance of 19 June 2020 on Measures during the Special Situation to Combat the COVID-19 Epidemic" (in German, French or Italian).

Businesses, institutions, schools and event organisers themselves are primarily responsible for implementing these precautionary measures. Neither the federal government nor the cantons approve the sets of precautionary measures. The cantons are responsible for monitoring compliance and conducting sporadic controls.

The requirements with regard to precautionary measures may change depending on the given situation. Be sure to check regularly that your precautionary measures meet the latest requirements.

Protecting workers: requirements

Employers are not required to draw up and implement precautionary measures provided their businesses are not generally accessible to the public. However, they are required to ensure their employees are protected in accordance with the ordinance. More information on this can be found under Measures and ordinances and on the SECO website (in German, French or Italian).

Large-scale events: requirements

The ban on large-scale events with more than 1,000 spectators or participants will be lifted on 1 October 2020. For the holding of a large-scale events, authorisation is required from the canton in which the event is to take place.

The requirements for the provision of cantonal authorisation for a large-scale event are as follows:

  • The epidemiological situation in the canton or region in question must allow for the event to be held.
  • The canton has the necessary capacities for contact tracing.
  • The event organiser must present a risk analysis and precautionary measures. The precautionary measures must state, in particular, how people flows are to be regulated, whether it will be required to wear a mask, whether seats have to be kept free or how it will be ensured that the collected contact details are correct. A seating requirement also applies for spectator areas, whereby the seats must be personally allocated and the contact data must record who sits where. In the case of open-air events, such as ski, cross-country skiing or bike races as well as village festivals, standing areas may be authorised as an exception provided these standing areas are divided into sectors and additional precautionary measures are planned.

The infographic sets out the most important conditions and requirements for large-scale events.  

Coronavirus: Large-scale events

For competitive games in professional leagues, in particular for national football and ice hockey games, the following more detailed regulations, among others, apply across Switzerland:

  • People flows must be regulated in such a way that the required distance can be maintained if possible.
  • It is required to wear a mask (exceptions are listed in the ordinance under Article 6b(c)).
  • Only personalised seats are allowed, i.e. the contact data must record who sits where.
  • A maximum of two-thirds of the seats available in the stadium may be occupied.
  • Food and drinks must be consumed at the individual’s own seat or in the seating areas of the restaurant zones.
  • No seats will be sold or given away to away fans.

The canton can revoke the issued authorisation for a large-scale event if the epidemiological situation worsens or the event organiser has failed to comply with the measures at an already held event.

Detailed information on large-scale events can be found in the Ordinance on Measures during the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic (Article 6 and number 2 of the Annex).

Further information

Contact information and links

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

People at especially high risk

Dangerous underlying medical conditions and how to handle them, visits to care homes

Recommendations for everyday life

You can find information and tips for day-to-day activities and living in times of the new coronavirus here.

Last modification 23.10.2020

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