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

On 18 October 2020 and on 28 October 2020, the Federal Council took several measures to tackle coronavirus that apply to the whole of Switzerland. In addition, the canton of Basel-Stadt took additional measures that go further than those of the Federal Council (cf. the tabbox next).The following measures have applied since Monday 19 October 2020 or Thursday 29 October 2020:

Compulsory mask wearing

  • On public transport
  • On platforms or in railway stations, airports or other entrance areas for public transport
  • In publicly accessible indoor spaces. For example, in shops, shopping centres, banks, post offices, museums, libraries, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, indoor spaces of zoos and botanic gardens, restaurants, bars, discos, gaming rooms, hotels (with the exception of guest rooms), entrance and changing room areas of swimming pools, sports complexes and fitness centres, in medical practices, hospitals, churches and religious institutions, advice centres and living quarters
  • In the outdoor spaces of institutions and businesses
  • In busy pedestrianised areas and any public spaces where the required distance cannot be maintained
  • In areas of public administration that are accessible to the public
  • At the workplace, as soon as two people are working in the same room, in particular:
    • in openspace offices, multi-person offices and at shared workplaces (excluded are workplaces wich are widely separeted in large rooms with good ventilation, e.g. factory halls)
    • in meeting rooms and for meetings in individual offices
    • in other common areas such as corridors, lifts, washrooms and break rooms
  • In schools from secondary level II

Who is exempt?

  • Children under 12 years of age and people who, for example for medical reasons, are unable to wear a mask, as well as patrons of restaurants and bars who are seated at tables, are exempt from compulsory mask wearing.

What are masks for?


  • With the exception of parliamentary assemblies and municipal assemblies, events of more than 50 people are now no longer permitted. Political demonstrations and gathering of signatures for referendums and initiatives are still possible – with the necessary safety precautions as before
  • Sport and cultural leisure activities involving up to 15 people are permitted in indoor spaces if enough distance can be maintained and masks can be worn. Contact sports are banned
  • Training and competitions, as well as rehearsals and appearances are permitted in the professional sports and cultural sphere
  • Gatherings of amateur choirs are banned

Private events

  • Events among family and friends in private spaces are limited to 10 people
  • Gatherings in public spaces
  • No gatherings of more than 15 people in public spaces, especially in public squares, on footpaths and in parks
  • Organised events in public spaces, such as political and civil society demonstrations, are still permitted with the appropriate protective measures


  • Consumption of food and beverages in restaurants and bars is only permitted while seated, regardless of whether this is indoors or outdoors
  • Operation of discotheques and cafés or restaurants with dancing is banned
  • With the exception of families with children, a maximum of four people may sit at one table in restaurants and bars
  • All restaurants must remain closed between 23.00 and 06.00

Further information under events and services


  • Universities and colleges must switch to distance learning (from Monday 2 November 2020)

Recommendation on working from home

  • Work from home again if possible
  • Employers should enable employees to work from home wherever possible

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

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:

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 in secondary schools, grammar schools, the FMS and vocational colleges
  • Exemptions apply to pupils at primary level (nurseries, primary schools and day-care 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?


  • The number of patrons consuming food and beverages is limited to a maximum of 100 per room
  • The necessary distance must be maintained or special safety measures must be provided between groups of guests sitting at the tables
  • A restaurant can continue to operate different rooms with 100 people in each
  • Contact details must be collected in all restaurants


Further information about events and services

Press release of 16/10/2020

Press release of 21/10/20

Press release of 23/10/20

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

  • Contact persons of infected individuals and travellers returning from risk regions must quarantine for 10 days. This should prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
  • Further information about isolation and quarantine
  • The canton of residence must be notified of entry from a region with an increased risk of infection within two days of entry, and the instructions of the competent cantonal authorities must be followed.
    Online registration form for travellers returning from risk regions​​​​​​​

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 (shortness of breath, cough, fever): 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.