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.
An overview of the measures eased and the restrictions still in place can be found in the following table: Easing of measures and possible next steps (PDF, 223 kB, 04.09.2020).
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.
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.
Directives to the cantons
(these directives are not available in English)
- Directive to the cantons of 13 July 2020: Stricter controls on the implementation of precautionary measures (German (PDF, 302 kB, 16.07.2020), French (PDF, 297 kB, 16.07.2020), Italian (PDF, 274 kB, 16.07.2020))
- Directive to the cantons of 9 June 2020: Reports related to quarantine or isolation (German (PDF, 215 kB, 16.07.2020), French (PDF, 196 kB, 16.07.2020), Italian (PDF, 198 kB, 16.07.2020))
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.
- 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 Confederation 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.
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.
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 04.09.2020