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.
Children and schools
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
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.
Medical practices and institutions run by health professionals
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
- 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.
Last modification 29.05.2020