Coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

There were various measures, restrictions and bans in place on the basis of the epidemic. They all had the same goal: to contain the coronavirus and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. The nationwide restrictions and bans have been lifted. The cantons can take measures again if required.


National rules

There are currently no national measures in place.


Measures to date

Would you like to know what measures the federal government has adopted in the past? In this case you have various options:

Cantonal measures

Since the return to a normal situation, responsibility for measures to protect the population has moved back to the cantons. The measures can therefore differ from one canton to the next.

Consult the corresponding canton to find out whether and what cantonal measures apply. The links to information provided by the cantons can be found on the website www.ch.ch (in GermanFrench or Italian).

Healthcare provision

The cantons can require public and private hospitals to make capacity available to treat COVID-19 patients.

Hospitals are required to have sufficient stocks of essential medicines to treat both COVID-19 patients and those requiring other urgent medical treatment.

The federal government supports the cantons in ensuring the supply of medical goods.

The individual provisions relating to the supply of important medical goods can be found in COVID-19 Ordinance 3.

Reporting requirement for healthcare providers

The federal government coordinates the availability of hospital beds necessary for COVID-19 patients, for which it needs up-to-date information from hospitals. For example, the cantons are required to notify the Coordinated Medical Services (CMS) of how many hospital beds and intensive care spaces are occupied.

Ordinances



Explanatory notes

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Covid-19 Act

The Federal Covid-19 Act (in German, French or Italian) was passed by the Swiss parliament on 25 September 2020. It creates a legal basis allowing the Federal Council to maintain the measures resolved by emergency decree that are still necessary to manage the Covid-19 epidemic.

Legislation

Communicable Diseases Legislation – Epidemics Act, (EpidA)

The Epidemics Act aims to ensure that communicable diseases are detected, monitored, prevented and controlled at an early stage and helps to better manage disease outbreaks with a high risk potential.

Further information

Health insurance arrangements

Coverage of medical expenses, tariffs and financing

Communicable Diseases Legislation – Epidemics Act, (EpidA)

The Epidemics Act aims to ensure that communicable diseases are detected, monitored, prevented and controlled at an early stage and helps to better manage disease outbreaks with a high risk potential.

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Last modification 04.05.2022

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