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Switzerland - Covid-19 regulations:

Overview

Switzerland started loosening the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions from April 27th with 3 phases of gradual easing and as of 6th of June the last phase comes into effect. The Federal Council has also downgraded the situation status under the Epidemics Act from “Extraordinary” to “Special” with effect from 19th June.
By this decision, the Federal Council give back the full authority and responsibility to the respective Canton’s authorities. From this stage, regulation and measures may vary according to each Canton’s situation. However we see now as of 28th July that the cases have slightly increased again and extra measures might be taken.

For now:
- Political demonstrations without any limit to the number of participants. Wearing a mask is mandatory.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory on all public transportation and in shops able to welcome more than 10 people at once. It's also mandatory in enclosed public areas (such as museums) in some of the Swiss Cantons.
- Since June 22, public and private events of up to 1,000 people have been permitted on the condition that contact tracing is guaranteed. Larger events are still banned. The recommended safe distance between people was reduced from two metres to 1.5 metres. Some cantons, including Basel and Ticino, have introduced stricter restrictions on gatherings than in the rest of the country. Where more than 300 persons attend: division in sectors each with 300 persons; this also applies to large clubs, etc.
- No restrictions on opening hours for restaurants, bars, clubs etc.


Sources:
www.swissinfo.ch
www.bag.admin.ch

Last updated: 11th August 2020

National movement

There are no restrictions in place, however the public must observe the applicable hygiene and social distancing rules.

Cross-borders

Permitted from 15 June: Border crossing to and from Germany, France and by land.

The Federal Council has updated the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection. It will enter into force on 8 August 2020 (0:00 hours). Among others, Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) has been added to the list.

The following have now been added to the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection:

Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands)
Equatorial Guinea
The Bahamas
São Tomé and Príncipe
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Romania

The following no longer feature on the list:

Russia
Azerbaijan
United Arab Emirates

All countries and areas with an increased risk of infection are listed in the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures.
Last updated: 11 August 2020

WARNING: a 10 day self -quarantine is mandatory for passengers coming from the "high-risk" countries mentioned at the link below:
www.bag.admin.ch
Last updated: 11 August 2020

Airports

Airport shops and restaurants are open. Flight operations are limited and there are still restrictions. Passengers are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks in some airports like GVA and Basel and in other case where distance is not possible. Passengers are recommended to use online check-in tools whenever possible.

Public Transport

Since 6th of July, wearing a mask in all public transportation such as buses, trains, boats & cable cars has been mandatory.

Public transport services are operating according to the normal timetable in strict compliance with safety protocols. Precautionary hygiene measures are taken at railway stations. Rail catering services in dining cars, group reservations and luggage transport are also available as of 8th June.

Taxi

Drivers and employees are required to follow hygiene and safety requirements but there are no restrictions e.g. number of passengers, blockage of front seats, compulsory use of facemasks for drivers etc. Passengers are recommended to wear face masks. Some taxi companies have adopted their own precautionary measures such as applying transparent insulating films or plexiglass separators between driver and rear seats but these are not compulsory.

Guides / Assistants

Allowed for groups and events up to 1000pax. Guides/assistants can be hired for private and customized tour programs at any time, but social distancing and hygiene rules must be adhered to.

Coaches

There are no limitations to the number of passengers in general but the Swiss Coach Association has recommended service providers keep the first row of the seats behind the drivers empty whenever possible. Coaches can still fill up to maximum capacity whenever needed. Since it’s not possible to maintain social distancing, it’s recommended that all passengers wear face masks, use hand sanitizer and maintain distance from drivers during travel.

Rail / Cable Cars

Wearing masks in all public transportation is mandatory until further notice. Some scenic trains such as the Glacier Express & Bernina Express are running with reduced timetables.

Since 22nd June, mountain railways have been open in strict compliance with safety protocols. There will be limitations on the number of guests for cable cars, gondolas and funiculars so it’s highly recommended to check safety protocols with service providers through online sites/phone as restrictions may vary.

Shops

In several Cantons, such as Jura, Vaud and GVA , it is mandatory to wear a mask in any shop which can allocate more than 10 people at the same time. This notice may change and vary depending each Canton’s decision.

Shops are open within normal operating hours, but clients are requested to follow hygiene and social distancing rules. Hand sanitizers are available at the majority of shops and guests are recommended to wear face masks whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

Restaurants

Visits to restaurants for groups are now allowed without restriction on the number of pax per table as of 22nd June. But contact details of at least one member of the group must be taken. All physical contact, including hand shaking must be avoided. Social distance of 1.5m is still required. Restaurant staff must follow strict hygiene procedures.

Hotels

Most hotels in Switzerland are open in strict compliance with safety protocols. Safety and hygiene measures are adhered to, staff are being continuously trained, persons at risk are receiving appropriate protection during their hotel stay. Guests are reminded of hygiene and protective measures, sanitizer is available at all public spaces, protective masks can be requested at receptions.

Attractions

Open as of 6th June in strict compliance with safety protocols. Safety and hygiene measures need to be followed and ground-markings remind attendees to maintain a distance of 2m. Guided tours at the majority of museums are currently not available. It is mandatory to wear a mask at certain attractions.

Events

Events up to 1000 people are permitted if they adhere to safety protocols. All events with more than 1000 pax are prohibited.