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Coronavirus: situation update in the City of Geneva

The City of Geneva is adapting to the extraordinary health situation facing us at present as well as to the measures taken by the Federal Council and State Council and the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health. The aim is to protect the health of the administration’s staff while maintaining all essential services.

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Public infrastructures closed

The following infrastructures are closed to the public until further notice: public museums, municipal libraries, Geneva Library, sports centres and facilities, Victoria Hall, the Grand-Théâtre, the Cinémas du Grütli, the Théâtre du Grütli, the Maison de la Créativité, the community centres, the Salle du Terreau, the small room of the Forum Faubourg, the Heritage Conservation bibliographical documentation, the Espace Ville de Genève, the reception desk of the municipal real estate management office, the Bois-de-la-Bâtie animal park, the information points, the botanical conservatory and gardens and the skate park. Extracurricular facilities, school meeting rooms, premises for associations managed directly by the City of Geneva, games libraries, community centres and facilities, local social outreach centres and premises under accompanied management are also closed.

All nurseries, schools and school canteens within the City of Geneva are closed until Sunday 19 April 2020. Reception solutions will be organised under the aegis of the Canton for parents who have no child care solutions and for children of healthcare personnel, prison staff, staff of the Public Prosecutor’s office, cantonal police and fire and emergency services personnel.

In accordance with the Ordinance of the Federal Council (art 6. para.2 a), the City of Geneva has suspended all its markets, which are major meeting points necessarily involving close contact between customers and traders. The City would like to thank the traders for their help and the general public for their understanding.

On 23 March, the City of Geneva decided to close play areas, as the concentration of children in these areas contravenes the authorities’ directives prohibiting gatherings of more than 5 people. It also decided to close fitness areas in parks. Despite the safety instructions that have been repeatedly broadcast for a number of days, the local sports facilities continue to generate too many gatherings of young people in breach of the authorities’ directives.

The Administrative Council has also confirmed its decision to close public toilets.

Happenings and events

All happenings and events are prohibited until further notice.

The Administrative Council wishes to reassure event organisers that nominal and one-off subsidies for social, cultural and sporting operators will be maintained and continue to be paid, even in the event of cancellation.

The City of Geneva has decided to waive the administrative fees and not to charge the public sphere taxes associated with events that have been cancelled following the measures taken by the Federal Council and the State Council to combat COVID-19, and for which the authorisations have already been issued.

It has also taken the decision not to charge any rent on pavilions and kiosks during the health crisis. Nor will the increased use of public areas by the terraces of public institutions give rise to any charges. These measures will be renewed if the deadlines stipulated in the federal ordinance relating to the measures designed to combat COVID-19 are Extended.

Furthermore, the City will not charge rent on markets traders’ stalls during the health crisis linked to the spread of the coronavirus or the daily rent of daily traders for 3 months after the date on which the market reopens.

During the health crisis linked to the spread of the coronavirus, the administrative fees, taxes and/or charges resulting from the advertising procedures of shops and all other forms of encroachment on public areas have been waived. Finally, the taxes for encroachment linked to construction sites and excavations will not be charged.

The street cleaning department has adapted its service

Refuse collection via the door-to-door service and at the ecopoints is maintained in full and remains a key priority. To enable the department to provide this service, appointments to collect bulky waste can no longer be made (either by phone or online) until further notice. Similarly, cleaning of public areas is partially maintained, with approximately 50 percent of the personnel working in the field. Priority is given to emptying bins in the streets and cleaning the ecopoints.

Social emergency and municipal solidarity plan

Food vouchers will be distributed to the most deprived individuals by the Colis du Coeur Association. As part of the municipal solidarity plan implemented by the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity, meals will be delivered to the homes of senior citizens by the Institution genevoise pour le maintien à domicile (IMAD).

Compliance with health recommendations

The Administrative Council reiterates the fact that Geneva is confronted by an exceptional situation. It stipulates that, during the coming weeks, it is essential to ensure strict compliance with the health recommendations in order to enable the healthcare services to fulfil their missions to the best of their ability.

For more information concerning the precautions to be taken and any developments to the situation, a page dedicated to the coronavirus relaying the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Canton is available for consultation.


Hotlines - City of Geneva

Solidarity - 65+
Tel. 0800 22 55 11

Solidarity - Social Emergency
Tel. 0800 44 77 00


Unité information et communication - Ville de Genève

Rue du Tir 3

1204 Genève


Par courrier

CP 5157

CH 1211

Genève 11

Tél. +41 22 418 59 43


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Article modifié le 15.03.2020 à 17:42