New coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

The Swiss Federal Council has resolved further national measures applicable as of 19 October 2020. These include restrictions on private events and spontaneous gatherings, an extended mask-wearing requirement and the recommendation to work from home.

Current situation

The infographic below shows which measures currently apply throughout Switzerland. You will find information on cantonal measures on the each canton‘s website. You will find a collection of links to cantonal information sites at www.ch.ch (in German, French or Italian).

Since June 2020, Switzerland has been in a special situation under the terms of the Federal Epidemics Act. The cantons now have a greater say in matters than during the extraordinary situation previously deemed to exist. They can also decide on 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 last changes to the measures

Changes of 19 October 2020:

Change on 1 October 2020:

Change on 15 August 2020:

Change on 6 July 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 (PDF, 419 kB, 12.10.2020) 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

Work from home if possible. This helps reduce contacts and thus the spread of the virus.

For employees who cannot work from home the Employment Act applies. The employer is obligated to take measures to safeguard the health of employees.

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. You will find further information on the SECO website (in German, French or Italian).

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.

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

Requirements for precautionary measures and large-scale events

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 26.10.2020

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