COVID-19: decisions of the authorities
Please find the main decisions and measures taken by the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities intended to slow and avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.
28 May 2020: the State Council announced a series of support and easing measures
The State Council announced a range of measures relating to tax exemptions, repayment of screening tests, the stimulus for the tourism sector, the resumption of secondary education, level II, and access to water.
27 May 2020: Federal Council decides on extensive easing of measures as of 6 June
From 6 June, the measures put in place to fight the new coronavirus will be extensively eased. That is the decision taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 27 May in view of the positive developments in the epidemiological situation.
27 May 2020: new temporary measures in favour of pedestrians
The State of Geneva announced that it is continuing to deploy measures designed to promote soft mobility in order to accompany the gradual resumption of activities, and unveiled the latest temporary measures in favour of pedestrians.
13 May 2020: implementation of measures in favour of soft mobility
Following intensive preparatory work carried out by their specialist teams, the departments of the Canton and the City of Geneva concerned can today present the implementation schedule and opening schedule for these different measures in favour of cyclists and pedestrians.
7 May 2020: reopening of public areas: details
With regard to the reopening of public areas and amenities from Monday 11 May, the City of Geneva would like to provide the certain clarifications.
7 May 2020: gradual reopening of libraries, museums and certain sporting facilities in the City of Geneva
Within the framework of the measures determined by the federal authorities, the City of Geneva is organising a gradual reopening of its infrastructures to the public from 11 May 2020 in the cultural and sporting spheres.
7 May 2020: decisions of the State Council
30 April 2020: resumption of classroom teaching, mobility and transport, support with regard to commercial leases
In light of the situation in the Canton of Geneva and in compliance with the health protection and preventive measures in a school environment recommended by the FOPH and the cantonal medical service as well as with the federal and inter-cantonal decisions, the State Council adopted a protocol relating to the resumption of mandatory education in school buildings from 11 May.
29 April 2020: the Federal Council further relaxes measures from 11 May 2020
The Federal Council has decided to further relax the measures intended to protect against the coronavirus. From Monday 11 May 2020, shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries will once again be able to welcome visitors while primary and secondary schools will also open their doors. Amateur and professional sportspeople will be able to return to training and public transport services will operate according to their normal timetables.
24 April 2020: Gradual expansion of the early childhood care service
Between 27 April and 11 May, the date scheduled for a complete re-opening, nurseries will gradually expand the minimum care service provided. As this increased provision of care services is subject to strict health criteria and supervision standards, the City of Geneva recommends that families call the institution in which their child is enrolled in order to check availability.
23 April 2020: decisions of the State Council
On 23 April 2020, the State Council took a number of new decisions relating to the unprecedented situation caused by the fight against the COVID-19 virus, including the prolongation of the application order of Ordinance 2, pre-school care, cancellation of oral exams, cancellation of promotions, state construction sites, administrative counters, public transport, parking controls, social aid and the law on foreigners and integration, the operations of municipal authorities and assistance for entrepreneurs.
22 April 2020: the Federal Council does not intend to make it obligatory for the general public to wear a mask in all circumstances
The Federal Council will gradually relax the protective measures against the new coronavirus. It does not intend to make it obligatory for the general public to wear a mask in all circumstances. Keeping your distance and washing your hands are still the most effective means of protecting yourself.
17 April 2020: new support measure intended for tenants of commercial premises
In light of the exceptional and difficult situation currently facing tenants of commercial premises, the State Council has adopted new measures in favour of the tenants of commercial premises located in subsidised buildings. The State Council is also supporting the agricultural sector in and around Geneva by increasing the presence of locally-sourced produced in Geneva’s public and semi-public institutions boasting a mass catering infrastructure which is still operational. Finally, the State Council has announced a reduction in electricity rates by the Services industriels de Genève (SIG) between 1 May and 31 August 2020.
16 April 2020: gradual relaxation of protective measures
On 16 April, the Federal Council has gradually relaxed the protection measures. It has also specified the measures to be taken to protect vulnerable employees.
Phase 1: 27 April 2020
From 27 April, hospitals will again be able to perform all procedures, including those that are not urgent. Medical offices, hair and massage parlors and beauty salons may also reopen, as well as DIY stores, garden centers, nurseries and florists – as long as the safety of customers and employees is guaranteed.
Phase 2: 11 May 2020
Compulsory school and other stores are expected to reopen on May 11.
Phase 3: 8 June 2020
Finally, vocational and secondary schools II, higher education institutions, museums, zoos and libraries should reopen on June 8.
An explanation of the measures taken by the Federal Council is published on the Confederation website: Nouveau coronavirus : mesures, ordonnance et rapport explicatif (in French)
14 April 2020: Opening of individual food stands in Geneva
Following the clarifications made by the Federal Council about the explanatory report concerning Ordinance 2 COVID-19, the Administrative Council decided to open individual food stands. From Thursday 16 April, 11 individual food stands will open for business on the Plaine de Plainpalais, separated from each other by a distance of 70 metres and one food stand on Place de la Navigation.
8 April 2020: extension of the measures to combat COVID-19
On 8 April 2020, the Federal Council extends the measures to combat COVID-19 by one week, until Sunday 26 April 26. The measures will be gradually relaxed by the end oft he month.
3 April 2020: a preventive and security mechanism introduced
On 3 April 2020, in the lead-up to a decisive weekend with regard to the consequences for the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, a preventive and security mechanism has been introduced. Thanks to the valuable support of volunteer firefighters, Samaritans and environmental guards, numerous staff in uniform will be visible around the entire canton, reiterating and ensuring compliance with the health measures in place. The cantonal police and municipal police officers will not hesitate to punish any violation.
2 April 2020: decisions made by the State Council
On 2 April 2020, the State Council took further decisions relating to the exceptional situation caused by the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus including assistance for businesses, support for the cultural sphere, a reminder of the rules to be respected in the countryside and the continuity of SIG.
20 March 2020: ban of the gatherings of more than 5 people
On 20 March, the gatherings of more than 5 people have been prohibited in Switzerland. In accordance with the federal directives, the City of Geneva closed several public infrastructures and cancelled a certain number of events.
Article modifié le 03.06.2020 à 11:39