New coronavirus: how to protect yourself?
You will find on this webpage the main hygiene rules and behaviour to adopt in order to slow and prevent the spread oft he new coronavirus, as well as resources to contact in case of questions related to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Hygiene rules and behaviour
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:
- Recommandations intended for the general public
- Recommandations intended for vulnerable people
- Information in easy understandable language
- Information in sign language
- Downloads in various languages
Mandatory wearing of masks
Service staff in public places, such as restaurants and bars, are required to wear a mask. This also applies in shops if no other system of protection is available (e.g.: glass or plexiglas).
Service providers offering services involving close and prolonged physical contact with the clientele must also wear a mask (hair salons, barbers, beauty salons, etc.).
Customers are required to wear a mask in shops, restaurants and bars (including on terraces) when moving about the establishment, including when purchasing take-away food or drinks. Customers can remove their mask once they are seated.
- More information concerning the heightened measures imposed by the State Council with a view to preventing the virus from spreading (31 July 2020)
Since August 7, the wearing of masks has became a mandatory requirement in educational institutions for all students and staff at secondary level II and tertiary level when a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained between people or if no physical protection measures, for example a screen, have been implemented.
Any person entering Switzerland from one of a number of states and territories must quarantine themselves. Regularly updated, the list of regions concerned can be consulted on the website of the Confederation: Mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Switzerland. A negative test result does not mean that the quarantine period no longer needs to be respected
SwissCovid app and contact tracing
The SwissCovid app helps break transmission chains more quickly by determining if we have been in close contact with an infected person.
- More information on the SwissCovid app
- Download the SwissCovid app via Play Store (for Android)
- Download the SwissCovid app via Apple Store (for iOS)
Coronavirus and school
At primary school, children will return on a part-time basis (half group in the morning and other half in the afternoon), in principle from 11 May to 25 May. In this context, it is important to ensure that children respect the rules of hygiene and behavior, as reminded by the FOPH:
Coronavirus information lines
Hotline - Federal Office of Public Health
Tél. +41 58 463 00 00
Every day, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In English, French, German and Italian
Cantonal helpline for domestic violence
Tél. 0840 110 110
Every day, 24/24
Information for travellers
Article modifié le 11.08.2020 à 08:49