1. Measures that apply to the whole of Switzerland
  2. Additional measures in Basel-Stadt

In October 2020 and February 2021, the Federal Council took several measures against the coronavirus that are valid throughout Switzerland. The canton of Basel-Stadt has ordered additional measures that go further than those of the Federal Council (see next tab box). 

At its meeting on 8 September, 2021, the Federal Council decided on a temporary extension of the COVID certificate requirement. The regulation will apply from Monday, 13 September, 2021.  


COVID certificate requirement

From Monday, 13 September 2021, a certificate will be required to access indoor areas of restaurants and bars, cultural and leisure facilities and for indoor events. The measure is limited until January 24, 2022. At events requiring a certificate, all other protective measures are lifted, such as the requirement to wear a mask.

Further information and details can be found under Events and Services or in the FOPH's media release.

Compulsory mask wearing 

  • People will still be required to wear masks indoor spaces.
  • Masks will no longer be compulsory in the outdoor spaces of publicly accessible facilities, leisure business and restaurant terraces.
  • Masks are compulsory on public transport. On public transport, all spaces that have large openings on at least two sides are considered to be outdoor spaces.
  • Wearing a mask is still recommended in busy pedestrianised areas and any public spaces where the required distance cannot be maintained.
  • Compulsory mask wearing is no longer required in the workplace. 

Who is exempt?

Children under 12 years of age and people who, for example for medical reasons, are unable to wear a mask, are exempt from compulsory mask wearing.

What are masks for?


Further information regarding events and services can be found here.


The restriction on number of attendees at face-to-face events in higher vocational training and further education, as well as at colleges and universities is being lifted, including with no compulsory repetitive testing.

Compulsory working from home

The requirement to work from home is being lifted and replaced with a recommendation to work from home; compulsory repetitive testing is no longer required for working on site.

The general requirement to wear masks in the workplace is also being lifted. Employers still have a duty to protect their employees. They decide where and when masks are required in the workplace. 


Ordinance on Measures During the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic

Press release of the Federal Council of 08/09/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 23/06/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 26/05/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 14/04/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 19/03/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 24/02/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 13/01/2021

Press release of the Federal Council of 11/12/20

Press release of the Federal Council of 28/10/2020

Press release of the Federal Council of 18/10/2020

The following measures also apply in the Canton of Basel-Stadt:

Changes will apply from Monday, 1 March 2021(in accordance with the Ordinance on Additional Measures of the Canton of Basel-Stadt against the Covid 19 Epidemic of 19 January 2021, also see Ordinance and media release from 24 February 2021 and media release from 14 April 2020). 

Compulsory mask wearing

  • On the sites and in the indoor spaces of all state and private schools (including daycare facilities), universities and colleges and other educational establishments.
  • Masks are also compulsory for extracurricular use of school premises, for example by sport or music associations and carnival cliques, provided that it is compatible with the activities in question
  • Masks must also be worn in lessons from primary class 5, in secondary schools, grammar schools, the FMS and vocational colleges
  • Exemptions apply to nurseries and daycare facilities, people who cannot wear face masks, e.g. for medical reasons, or if teachers keep a distance of 1.5 metres
  • More information on schools and daycare facilities

What are masks for?


Hot-Spots (e.g. Steinenvorstadt)

To prevent an uncontrolled rise in local infection figures in areas that are known to be hotspots, the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt has passed a new paragraph in the cantonal Covid-19-Ordinance. In accordance with the new § 3d (Additional Measures), the cantonal physician can order special protective measures in hotspots, in particular general compulsory mask wearing in the local area or a local ban on consuming food and beverages on common ground. These special protective measures are planned for Steinenvorstadt. Food and beverages may not be consumed on common ground outside of the designated bar and restaurant areas in Steinenvorstadt. The authorities would like to thank the restaurants and patrons for adhering to the safety policies and guidelines including those requiring them to remain seated.

This regulation will initially apply until 30 June 2021.

General hygiene rules and codes of conduct

  • Keep 1.5 metres’ distance
    Infection with coronavirus can result from close contact with an infected person for an extended time. Distancing is therefore an important measure for protecting against coronavirus. By keeping the required distance (1.5 metres), you can protect yourself and others against infection. For example, this applies to queuing at the till, in the canteen or in meetings. You can keep a distance from others on public transport by avoiding commuting times in the morning and evening.
  • Wear a mask if distancing isn’t possible
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • General recommendations (see below)

FOPH: Protective measures

Quarantine obligation

General recommendations

  • Avoid coming into close contact with other people, especially if they have acute respiratory infections, keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and the person you are talking to, do not shake hands, do not greet them with a hug or kiss.
  • Even though it may sound simple, it is essential that you: Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or hand sanitizer - this is one of the most effective ways of stopping the virus from spreading.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and place it in the bin immediately. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve (not your hands).
  • If you have symptoms (see "Testing"): stay at home! Do not go out in public! Contact a doctor or healthcare facility by telephone and ask whether you should be tested. Read the instructions on "self-isolation" and follow them consistently.
  • Using public transport should be avoided if at all possible, especially if you are in the at-risk group.
  • Wear a mask if distancing isn’t possible.
  • Avoid gatherings of people.
  • Do not look after groups of more than five children.
  • Go shopping outside of busy times or have your shopping delivered.
  • Avoid business and private meetings unless they are absolutely necessary.
  • Reduce visits by family, friends and acquaintances to institutions such as care and nursing homes, as well as facilities for people with disabilities. Pay particularly close attention to the hygiene rules and codes of conduct during visits.