Coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

The Federal Council agreed a further series of measures. These include new rules on private events and working arrangements as well as an extended mask-wearing requirement and the closure of nightclubs. In cases where the cantonal measures are stricter than the national measures, those at the cantonal level must be observed.

Current situation

The infographic below shows which measures currently apply throughout Switzerland. You will find information on the additional cantonal measures on each canton’s website. You will find a collection of links to cantonal information sites at www.ch.ch (in German, French or Italian). In cases where the cantonal measures are more stringent than the national measures, those at the cantonal level must be observed.

Since June 2020, Switzerland has been in a special situation under the terms of the Federal Epidemics Act. The cantons again have a greater say in matters than during the extraordinary situation previously deemed to exist. They also take cantonal measures if case numbers in their territory increase or threaten to increase. For this reason there are some measures that apply across the country and others that vary from canton to canton.  

Coronavirus: Rules and recommendations

Details of the lastest changes to the measures
 

Changes of 2 November 2020:

Changes of 29 October 2020:

Changes of 19 October 2020:

Change of 1 October 2020:

Change of 15 August 2020:

Change of 6 July 2020:

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 Confederation 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.

Informations complémentaires

Precautionary measures

For businesses/institutions, children and schools, gastronomy sector, medical practices, public transport, sport and recommendations for employers

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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Rules and prohibitions of the Federal Council, information about the corona virus, when you have to stay at home

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The rules and prohibitions of the Federal Council, information about the corona virus, when you have to stay at home

Last modification 13.11.2020

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