New coronavirus: Monitoring

We publish regularly updated reports on the population’s mobility behaviour, the monitoring of precautionary measures and the economic situation. Monitoring aims to provide further information of relevance to the progression of the pandemic in addition to the epidemiological data. 


Once a month, the National Emergency Operations Centre’s Reporting and Situation Centre evaluates data on the mobility behaviour of Switzerland’s population, which is obtained from the following sources: Swisscom, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

Reiseaktivität im Tagesvergleich Swisscom
Figure 1: Comparison of daily travel activity (average kilometres travelled per day in Switzerland).
Key: M1 13 March 2020 — Federal Council tightens restrictions (including school closures), M2 16 March 2020 — Federal Council declares an extraordinary situation, M3 20 March 2020 — Federal Council bans gatherings of more than five people, A — average kilometres travelled per day in a typical month (Source: Swisscom)

According to data provided by Swisscom, the number of kilometres travelled each day has been largely stable since July 2020. The overall travel activity of Switzerland’s population in mid-October is comparable to a typical monthly average again (cf. Figure 1). The number of people not travelling at all in mid-October was down nine percent on a typical month. This reduction is most likely due to an increase in travel activity associated with the autumn holidays. The cantons of AI (+ 28 %), UR (+ 25 %), OW (+ 20 %), TI (+ 19 %), GR (+1 7 %), VS (+ 16 %), AR (+ 13 %) and NE (+ 10 %) experienced a particularly large increase compared to a typical previous month.

Only cantons recording an increase of more than 10% in the average number of kilometres travelled each day are shown.

Entwicklung der Flugbewegungen in Europa BAZL
Figure 2: Number of aircraft movements at the national airports of Geneva and Zurich in 2020 compared with 2019. Key: NM aircraft movement prediction = Network Manager aircraft movement prediction (data provided by Eurocontrol, the organisation that processes data for the two Swiss airports)

The number of aircraft movements has been rising again since July 2020. Despite this, the average number of aircraft movements in 2020 is still considerably lower than for 2019, accounting for only 40% of last year’s figure. Current estimates are that the expected aircraft movements up until the end of 2020 will not exceed this reference level.  

Passagieraufkommen über alle Bahnhöfe SBB
Figure 3: Average passenger volumes across all stations, compared to the previous year (Source: SBB)

Swiss rail passenger volumes are still around 80% of the level for the previous year. Since the start of October, a slight decline has been observed by comparison to 2019. It will become clear over the next few weeks whether this trend is set to last.

Cantonal monitoring of implementation of precautionary measures

Each week the cantons collect monitoring data on the implementation of precautionary measures on behalf of the FOPH. The cantons transmit the monitoring data collected to the National Emergency Operations Centre, which makes it available to the FOPH in consolidated form.

For publicly accessible businesses and establishments (restaurant-type establishments, nightclubs, accommodation businesses, indoor recreation facilities and retail stores, as well as events and other operations), the cantons determine whether plans for precautionary measures are available and adequate, and whether the rules on social distancing and mandatory face coverings are complied with. Also checked is the collection of contact details (excluding retail stores). The chart on inspections and compliance issues was prepared on the basis of data available for a two-week period (more than one compliance issue may be identified per inspection):

In the case of food production (processing of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, milk and other operations), it is determined whether plans for precautionary measures are available and adequate, whether hygiene measures and social distancing are complied with, and whether the STOP Principle is implemented.

Employers must guarantee that their employees are able to comply with the FOPH recommendations on hygiene and social distancing. To do so, they must plan and implement related measures. If it is not possible to keep the required distance, measures must be introduced in accordance with the STOP Principle (Substitution, Technical measures, Organisational measures, Personal protective equipment).

The chart on inspections and compliance issues was prepared on the basis of data available for a two-week period (more than one compliance issue may be identified per inspection):

The following charts show, by calendar week for Switzerland as a whole, the total number of inspections performed and issues identified since the start of data collection (more than one compliance issue may be identified per inspection):

Monitoring by SUVA of the implementation of the recommendations

On the basis of Art. 10 and Art. 11 of the Ordinance on Measures during the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic (COVID-19 Ordinance Special Situation), the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA) is currently monitoring the implementation of the recommendations on hygiene and social distancing at construction sites and in trade and industrial enterprises, in accordance with its responsibilities under Art. 49 para. 1 of the Ordinance of 19 December 1983 on the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Illnesses (VUV, SR 832.30). In addition, since 21 March 2020, SUVA has operated a hotline in the three official languages, dealing with queries about coronavirus control measures at the workplace. Advice is provided both for employers and for employees.

As of 31 August 2020, SUVA had carried out on-site inspections at a total of around 9600 enterprises (7049 construction sites and 2649 trade and industrial enterprises). Compliance with social distancing (1.5 metres), in particular, represents a challenge for enterprises. The wearing of face masks in situations where workers cannot comply with social distancing has not yet become established. Many enterprises lack a clear understanding of the so-called “permanent teams” referred to in the COVID-19 Ordinance Special Situation. There is a considerable need for information as regards how the composition of such teams should be documented and what the consequences are in the event of infection being detected in a team member.

No work has had to be suspended since April 2020. Previously, work had to be suspended at 60 construction sites and in 2 industrial enterprises.

Economic situation

You will find information on Switzerland’s economic situation under Economic forecasts on the SECO website.

Implementation-monitoring reports to date, from June to August 2020

Last modification 22.10.2020

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