New coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

Masks have been compulsory on all public transport since 6 July 2020. In addition, travellers from certain regions will have to go into quarantine. Events attended by more than 1,000 people remain prohibited until the end of September.

In view of the increasing numbers of people travelling and the rising number of new infections since mid-June, the Federal Council decided to make masks compulsory on public transport throughout the country from Monday, 6 July 2020. In addition, travellers from certain regions will have to go into quarantine.

Publicly accessible establishments, schools and events must still have precautionary measures in place. Information on the new simplified requirements can be found under Precautionary measures.

Rules and recommendations

Large-scale events

Coronavirus: Large-scale events

Federal government assumes test costs

In order to rapidly break chains of infection it is important that as many people as possible infected with the virus are identified and tested. As of 25 June 2020, the federal government is therefore assuming test costs where the FOPH’s criteria are met.

This is the case, for example, if you experience symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and your doctor advises that you get tested for the coronavirus. A notification via the SwissCovid App of a contact with an infected person is also a criterion for cost coverage.  

If the FOPH’s test criteria are not met, the federal government will not pay the test costs. This can be the case if you require a test result in order to be able to travel, or if the test is carried out at the request of your employer.

Protecting workers

Since 22 June 2020 the recommendation to work from home and specific requirements for protecting people at especially high risk have been lifted. Employers may now decide themselves how to protect their employees and whether they should work from home or in the office.

The Employment Act applies in all cases: employers are required to protect the health of their employees with appropriate measures. With regard to the coronavirus, this means that employers must ensure that their employees can comlpy with the recommendations on hygiene and social distancing. If it is not possible to respect the recommended distance, measures should be introduced that apply the usual workplace STOP principle (Substitution, Technical measures, Organisational measures, Personal protective equipment). For example: working from home, physical partitioning in the workplace, or wearing face masks.

It is no longer necessary for employers to have formal sets of precautionary measures, unless their business, or parts of it, are generally accessible to the public.

Possible cantonal measures

If there is another spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the main responsibility for dealing with the outbreak will lie with the cantons. If a canton notices an increase in the number of infections, it is responsible for deciding what measures to introduce. Measures that have proven to be particularly effective in stopping the spread of the virus should be considered first.

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.

Reporting requirement for healthcare providers

The federal government wants to coordinate healthcare. To do this it needs up-to-date information from hospitals. The cantons are therefore required to notify the Coordinated Medical Services (CMS) of how many hospital beds or intensive care spaces are occupied, for example.

Ordinances

Ordinance on Measures during the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic: Modification of 2 September 2020 on large-scale events (in German, French or Italian)  

Explanatory notes

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Legislation

Communicable Diseases Legislation – Epidemics Act, (EpidA)

The new Federal Act of 3.12.2010 on the control of communicable human diseases (Epidemics Act; EpidA) has been in force since 1.1.2016, and enables a timely detection, monitoring, prevention and control.

Informations complémentaires

Requirements for sets of 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 new Federal Act of 3.12.2010 on the control of communicable human diseases (Epidemics Act; EpidA) has been in force since 1.1.2016, and enables a timely detection, monitoring, prevention and control.

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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 04.09.2020

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