Coronavirus relaxations: How they affect schools and sport

28/05/2020 (10:15)
Press release
Department of Education

The relaxations passed yesterday by the Federal Council enable non-compulsory schools to reopen, as well as greater freedom for the operation of elementary schools [Volksschulen], daycare centres, open child and youth work and for all sports. Some restrictions remain in place, but it is nevertheless clear that we are all moving a step closer to normality. The motto is: ease restrictions as extensively and as soon as possible.

For example, elementary schools will again be able to go on trips and excursions outside of the school grounds from as early as next week. This is because the Federal Council has raised the maximum group size permitted in public spaces from 5 to 30 people. For child daycare facilities and playgroups there are no longer any coronavirus-related restrictions on group size and intake of new children is possible again without any significant restrictions.

Following the start of face-to-face teaching in elementary schools on 11 May 2020, teaching in school buildings will also resume in vocational colleges and higher secondary schools on 8 June 2020. Unlike primary and lower secondary schools, a distance of two metres must be maintained between all attendees in the classroom, in accordance with the instructions of the Federal Office of Public Health. This means that different teaching models will be in place until the summer holidays – depending on the space available in the school building. While in certain schools practically all young people will be able to attend face-to-face lessons, other sites will offer a blend of face-to-face teaching and distance learning. Happily, small-scale certificate presentations in the presence of family members – always in accordance with safety policies – can be held as a replacement for graduation ceremonies.

There is also good news for carnival cliques and other associations who can use school premises in the evenings again from 8 June. Open child and youth work can now also start again, subject to some restrictions.

From Saturday, 6 June 2020, individual sportsmen and women will be allowed to start training again at sports complexes. Attendance registers will ensure that close contacts can be traced so that contact tracing is still possible. Unfortunately, it still isn’t possible to make full use of changing rooms and sanitary facilities at sports complexes. However, this is all a clear improvement on the situation in recent weeks when the complexes could only be used by very small numbers of athletes, and older people, for example, were not allowed access.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, all municipal outdoor swimming pools will also open on Saturday, 6 June 2020. However, some points are still unclear. In conjunction with the Federal Office of Public Health and the Department of Health of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, the issue of the maximum number of people allowed to enjoy the good weather at a municipal pool at the same time must therefore be clarified in the coming days. Because the season is shorter and a subscription doesn’t entitle the holder to entry in all cases, the Department of Education has decided to reduce the price of seasonal subscriptions for the whole of the 2020 season Subscriptions can be ordered from the online shop from now.