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Dossier d'information COVID-19: Measures taken by the City of Geneva

Public infrastructures and events: updated information

In accordance with the decisions of the federal and cantonal authorities, a large number of infrastructures reopen to the public in the best possible conditions.

Gradual reopenings

The improved health situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic means that a staggered return to normal can be envisaged. Within the framework of the measures determined by the federal authorities, the City of Geneva is organising a gradual reopening of its infrastructures.
The dates, activities on offer and conditions for reopening are adapted to the circumstances. They take account of the particularities of each field of activity and of the capacity of each facility.

The City of Geneva also reiterates that the protective measures remain in force: a minimum safety distance of 2 metres must be strictly respected.
Gatherings of up to 30 people are allowed from May 30.
Events of up to 300 people are allowed from June 6.

The following infrastructures have been reopened:

The measures taken, the schedule and the reopening phases as well as the services available to the public may change over time according to the health situation and the decisions of the authorities.
The public should consult the websites of the institutions concerned on a regular basis in order to obtain more detailed information concerning the conditions for visiting these sites and any alterations which may have been made as the situation changes.

Reimbursement of sports classes provided by the City of Geneva

In light of the closure of the sports facilities and centres in the City of Geneva which took effect between 13 and 20 March, depending on the facility, following the decisions taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the general public was no longer able to attend sports classes or make use of any membership card they might have. The Administrative Council has decided to reimburse classes already paid on a pro rata basis according to the services cancelled when the sports facilities were closed, on condition that the amount is greater than CHF 20.

To benefit from this amount, you must submit your request for reimbursement by e-mail to @email no later than 2 July 2020. After this date, no request for reimbursement will be accepted.

This request must include:

  • the details of the class (activity, date, time);
  • the full contact details of the person to whom the reimbursement should be made (surname, first name, address including postcode and town);
  • their bank details (bank and full IBAN number).


From June 6 events up to 300 people are allowed. Find them in the diary!

Since 20 March, in accordance with the authorities’s directives prohibiting gatherings of more than 5 people, all events taking place in Geneva have been canceled. Several festival, such as the FIFDH or the Festival Voix de Fête thus innovated with creative digital initiatives

Between 13 and 20 March, in accordance with the decisions of the federal and cantonal authorities, the City of Geneva cancelled a certain number of events. These include: 

  • The Fête de la musique
  • La Ville est à vous
  • La Nuit des musées
  • Performances scheduled in the city’s different cultural venues, such as the Victoria Hall and l’Alhambra.

All events intended for people aged 65 and over have been canceled since 9 March, in order to protect this high-risk population group.

Progressive closings of public infrastructure

In the beginning of March, as the new coronavirus was confirmed to have spread to Switzerland and the first decisions were taken by the authorities to avoid its spread, the City of Geneva decided to close several infrastructures to the public until further notice.

On 9 March, with a view to protecting people aged 65 or over, the City decided to close Cité Seniors. Between 13 and 20 March, the Administrative Council decided to close the following infrastructures to the public until further notice : public museums, municipal libraries, Geneva Library, sport centres and facilities, Victoria Hall, the Grand-Théâtre, the Cinémas du Grütli, the Théâtre du Grütli, the Maison de la Créativié, 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 gardens, and the skatepark. 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. 

Nurseries, schools and school canteens 

On 16 March, all nurseries, schools and school canteens within the City of Geneva closed their door until Sunday 10 May. Reception solutions have been organised under 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 personnel. 

Fitness areas, play areas and public toilets

On 23 March, the City of Geneva decided to close play areas, as the concentration of children in these areas contravenes the authorities’s 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’s directives. The Public toilets will gradually be reopened to the public from Monday 11 May.

Food and markets

The City of Geneva had suspended its markets since March 16. However, following the Federal Council clarifications, it then decided to open isolated stands to open isolated stands in order to sell basic food products since 16 April. 

From Monday 11 May 2020, all markets, except Grottes market, reopen (usual hours and days).

Article modifié le 17.07.2020 à 14:37