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New coronavirus: decisions of the federal and cantonal authorities and information concerning the City of Geneva

Decisions and measures taken by the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities intended to slow and avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.


Hotlines - City of Geneva

Solidarity - 65+
Tel. 0800 22 55 11

Solidarity - Social Emergency
Tel. 0800 44 77 00


The cantons can order additional measures for a limited duration

27 March 2020 As part of the effort to combat the coronavirus, the Federal Council can authorise the cantons to order the restriction or complete shut-down of activities in certain sectors of the economy if the epidemiological situation requires it. During the session of 27 March 2020, the Federal Council adopted an ordinance amendment to this end. It also specified that it is still possible to move house, provided that the directives of the FOPH are respected.

On 20 March 2020, during an extraordinary session, the State Council took a number of new decisions relating to the exceptional situation caused by the fight to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In particular, these included cancelling the vote scheduled for 17 May 2020, suspending the deadlines for political rights, maintaining the second round of voting in the municipal elections and adopting emergency economic measures.

During its session of 24 March, the Administrative Council confirmed certain measures and took additional ones in order to address the crisis linked to the spread of Covid-19. The costs of using public areas have thus been greatly reduced while actions taken to support isolated people or those living in a precarious situation have been reinforced.

Current situation in Switzerland

The information relating to the current situation in Switzerland is updated every day on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health.


How to protect yourself

As reiterated by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the population is asked to adopt the following hygiene rules and behaviour to avoid the virus spreading:

Coronavirus information line

Hotline - Geneva

Tel. 0800 909 400
Every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hotline – Federal Office of Public Health

Tel. +41 58 463 00 00
Every day, 24/24
In English, French, German and Italia

Information for travellers


Article modifié le 20.03.2020 à 17:00