New coronavirus: The Federal Council makes rules and prohibitions

The Federal Council wants to protect all people in Switzerland.

That is why the Federal Council has declared:

Switzerland is now in an extraordinary situation.

This means: There are new and stricter rules.

The Federal Council has decided
to ease the rules a little.

These rules apply for all people in Switzerland!

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Open and permitted

  • Pharmacies and drugstores
  • Hospitals and doctors' surgeries
  • Physiotherapy and massage practices
  • Kindergartens
    Primary schools
    Secondary schools
  • Other schools:
    Small events for up to 5 people, including the teacher
    For example at universities and upper secondary schools or driving schools
  • Shops and markets
    For example: Coop, Migros, Denner, kiosks, garden centres, DIY stores, cothing stores
  • Restaurants and bars
    But strict rules apply.
    • No more than 4 people can sit at one table.
    • Cutomers must be seated while eating or drinking.
  • Takeaways
    For example: Pizza-delivery services, Brezel-K├Ânig, work canteens, meal-delivery
  • airdressers and beauty salons
  • Post offices
  • Banks
  • Petrol stations
  • Railway stations
  • Museums
  • Libraries (excl. reading rooms)
  • Travel Agencies
  • Hotels
  • Sports without physical contact with other people.
    You can also use sports facilities.
    This applies to:
    • Individuals
    • Small groups of up to 5 people
  • Elite sport training
    This applies to:
    • Athletes who play for a sports club team.
    • Members of a team in a sport with physical contact that play in a professional league.
      For example: Football in the Super Leage.

From 8 June expected to open or be permitted

These will probably reopen:

  • All schools
  • Zoos
  • Botanic gardens
  • Swimming pools

Gatherings of more than 5 people will be possible again.

Rules and prohibitions

We must prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.
Therefore there are rules and prohibitions:

  • All people in Switzerland stick to the rules!
  • All people help to prevent people at risk from getting sick.

Are you at especially high risk?

Always follow the rules

In all shops and in all places:
Follow the rules!

What is very important: All people must keep their distance from other people.
At least 2 metres is best.

It is important that not too many people are in a shop or a place at the same time.

Always follow the rules.
They are important:
How to protect yourself and others.

Never more than 5 people!

Still, never be with more than 5 people.
This applies in public places.
For example:

  • In a square
  • On paths
  • In a park

All people must keep their distance from other people.
More than 2 metres is best.
This also applies if there are only 2 people.

Everyone must follow this rule.
Otherwise you have to pay a fine.


All public and private events are forbidden.
All sports events and club activities too.

For example:

  • Football matches
  • Dancing courses
  • Boy scouts and girl guides
  • Birthday parties

Explanatory video on wearing a face mask

In some cases, it is a good idea to wear a face mask:

  • If you cannot keep a distance of 2 metres from other people.
    For example, when travelling by bus, tramway or train.
  • If you are in a place where you must wear a mask.
    For example, at the hairdressers.

It is important that you use the mask correctly.
This video shows you how.

Entering Switzerland

People from abroad are no longer permitted to enter Switzerland.

Exception: Principality of Liechtenstein.

Why are these people not permitted to enter Switzerland?

  • To ensure that the disease doesn't spread even more.
  • To ensure that there are enough hospital beds for all seriously ill people in Switzerland.
  • To ensure that there is enough medicine for everybody.
  • But there are some exceptions.
    For example: If someone works in Switzerland. Or lives in Switzerland.
    Then they can still enter Switzerland.

Employers must protect people at risk

Are you at especially high risk?

People at especially high risk must work from home.
Employers must ensure that this is possible.

Some work cannot be done from home.
This means that people who are at especially high risk must go to work.

For example:

  • To work in the Coop, Migros, Denner
  • To work on a construction site
  • To work in a cleaning company
  • To work in a bank

Then it is important that:

Your boss must ensure that
you are well protected.
This means:

  • You can keep enough distance from other people at work.Or there is a plexiglass shield between you and the other people.
  • You can wash your hands.

Or you can do other work where you are better protected.

Are these rules not followed in your company?

Are you not able to work from home?
Can you not protect yourself sufficiently at work?
Then you don't have to work.
But you still have to receive your salary.

Are you at especially high risk?
Then tell your employer.
Perhaps you will need a sick note from your doctor.

Who is at especially high risk? Find all the information here.


All people must adhere to the bans.
Anyone who doesn't will get a fine.
This can be a monetary fine.

Further information

When do you have to stay at home?

Do you feel unwell?
Have you had contact with somebody who is sick?
Then call your doctor. Or do the coronavirus online check.
You must follow these rules.

Last modification 27.05.2020

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