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.
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:
- The Ordinances section contains links to all applicable COVID ordinances. The links take you to the "Classified compilation" website, which includes all versions of the ordinances to date.
- The Explanatory notes section explains the currently applicable ordinances and all previously applicable ordinances.
- Overview as of 1 December 2020: Table Changes to the national measures (PDF, 263 kB, 29.03.2022).
- Overview from 27 April to 30 November 2020: Table on the easing and tightening of measures (PDF, 182 kB, 27.04.2021).
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 German, French or Italian).
Directives to the cantons
(These directives are not available in English)
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.
- By introducing a duty to report for important therapeutic products and medical goods it is possible to identify supply shortages in good time and resolve them in a targeted manner.
- The federal government can centrally procure important medical products which cannot be acquired via the usual channels, so as to support the cantons and their healthcare institutions, non-profit organisations and third parties (e.g. laboratories, pharmacies). The material will then be distributed centrally.
- Certain medicinal products may be used in the treatment of coronavirus patients without being licensed by Swissmedic. The prerequisite is that the medicinal products contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient listed in the relevant Ordinance, and that a licence application has been submitted to Swissmedic.
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.
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.
SECO study on the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (PDF, 1 MB, 20.07.2020) (Report in German with summary in French, Italian and English)
Last modification 04.05.2022