Events and Services

On April 14, 2021, the Federal Council decided to ease the measures in the Covid-19-Ordinance Special Situation that have been applicable since 1 March 2021, beginning April 19, 2021. The adjusted Covid-19-Ordinance Special Situation will be in place until May 31, 2021. In addition, the Ordinance on Additional Measures of the Canton of Basel-Stadt for the Control of the Covid-19 Epidemic remains applicable. Find below the most important information by topic. General information on the measures can be found on the website of the federal authorities

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Basics - Shops and restaurant trade - Events

  1. Basics
  2. Shops and restaurant trade
  3. Events

Compulsory
mask wearing

All individuals must wear a face mask in publicly accessible indoor spaces and outdoor spaces of institutions and businesses, including markets, as well as in waiting areas for trains, buses and trams and in railway stations, airports and other public transport entrance areas. Compulsory mask wearing also applies:

  • in busy pedestrianised areas and any public spaces where the required distance cannot be maintained
  • in the outdoor spaces of institutions and businesses, such as shops, venues, restaurants and bars
  • to pupils in the 5th and 6th primary school classes 
  • in groups of pupils from more than one class, e.g. from the 4th and 5th and/or 6th classes, compulsory mask wearing applies to all pupils, i.e. including pupils from the 4th class
  • in schools from secondary I level

All employees must wear a face mask indoors as soon as two people are in contact with each other at work, for example in open-plan offices or meeting rooms. This obligation does not apply to working areas where it is possible to maintain distance between workplaces, particularly in separate rooms.

Dispensation from compulsory mask wearing

The dispensation from compulsory mask wearing has been made more precise, as follows: A medical certificate from a doctor or psychotherapist is required as proof of medical reasons; a medical certificate may only be issued if this is indicated for the person concerned.

Safety policy

A safety policy must be drawn up for all publicly accessible facilities / businesses as well as events. Exception: A safety policy does not need to be drawn up for events among family and friends that do not take place in publicly accessible facilities and businesses (private events). However, the hygiene rules and codes of conduct of the Federal Office of Public Health must be followed.

You can find more information about drawing up safety policies on the webseite of the federal authorities.

Collection of contact details

Contact details (name, surname, telephone number and place of residence) must be forwarded to the competent cantonal authority in electronic form as soon as they are requested by the competent cantonal authority, for the purposes of identification and notification of persons suspected of being infected.

Regulations for retailers

Shops are open but the number of customers is restricted as follows:

  • shops with a retail space of up to 40 square metres may allow in a maximum of 3 customers at one time.
  • for shops with more than 40 square metres of retail space:
    • 10 square metres per customer,
    • however at least 5 customers are permitted;

Restaurants and bars

The following applies to restaurants, bars and clubs where food and beverages are consumed on site:

  1. The required distance must be maintained between groups of guests or effective barriers must be put up.
  2. Compulsory seating applies to guests, i.e. food and beverages may only be consumed when seated.
  3. Groups of guests can be made up of a maximum of 4 people indoors and a maximum of 6 people outdoors; this does not apply to parents with children.
  4. Operators must collect contact details from all guests, apart from children who are there with their parents.

Operation of discotheques and cafés or restaurants with dancing is banned.

Events in general

Events among family and friends (private events) that are not held in publicly accessible facilities and businesses may be attended by a maximum of 30 people indoors and a maximum of 50 people outdoors.

Events with more than 50 attendees are not permitted. This restriction does not apply to:

  • events for shaping political opinion; these events can be held with up to 100 people indoors and with up to 300 people outdoors;
  • religious events; these events can be held with up to 100 people indoors and with up to 300 people outdoors;
Events with an audience

With the exception of major events and pilot projects for major events, the following applies to events with an audience:

  • an audience of a maximum of 100 people (attendees) is permitted at indoor events; an audience of a maximum of 300 people is permitted at outdoor events.
  • a maximum of half of the seats available to attendees may be occupied.
  • compulsory seating applies to attendees.
  • seating is not compulsory for attendees of outdoor events in the sports or cultural sectors for children and young people born in 2001 or later.

If the organiser allows consumption of food and beverages in the seats in the audience area, they must collect contact details (incl. seat numbers) from all visitors.
If the event is held in a restaurant, the guidelines for restaurants apply.

Trade fairs

For trade fairs and public fairs with restricted admission (only people who are vaccinated or recovered and who have been tested are admitted), the number of people admitted must be limited to ensure that 4 square metres of space are available per person.

For trade fairs and public fairs without restricted admission, the number of people admitted must be limited to ensure that at least 10 square metres of space are available per person.

Culture, sport and singing - Education, work and youth

  1. Culture, sport and singing
  2. Education, work and youth
Cultural enterprises and leisure businesses

Publicly accessible indoor spaces of facilities and businesses in the cultural and leisure sectors may only be opened to the public if compulsory mask wearing can be implemented and the required distance maintained.

See also events.

Non-professional sector

The following activities are permitted in the non-professional cultural sector, with the exception of appearances by choirs in front of an audience indoors:

  1. There are no restrictions on activities for children and young people born in 2001 or younger;
  2. Activities can be done as individuals or in groups of a maximum of 50 people.
  3. Face masks must be worn or the required distance maintained outdoors; mask wearing and distancing can only be dispensed with if contact details are collected.
  4. In indoor spaces, the capacity limit must be observed, face masks worn and distancing maintained. The following exceptions are permitted:
    • face masks do not have to be worn if this is necessary for carrying out the activity and the spatial layout satisfies stricter requirements. It is necessary to ensure that enough space is available for the exclusive use of each person (25 square metres for activities such as singing and speaking loudly and 10 square metres for other activities, e.g. brass band music).
Professional sector

All activities of artists or ensembles are permitted in the professional cultural sector, with the exception of appearances by choirs in front of an audience indoors.

The following two points must be noted with regard to singing:

  • everybody must sing while facing in one direction
  • all participants must be informed that singing poses a high risk of transmission, even with a safety policy and safe distancing in place.
Singing

The following applies to activities with singing:

  1. Performances with choirs in front of an audience indoors are not permitted
  2. Rehearsals and performances with singers are only permitted if the safety policy provides for specific protective measures

Exemptions are provided for activities where masks cannot be worn. If masks cannot be worn, it is necessary to ensure that 25 square metres are available for the exclusive use of each person.

Sport

The following applies to sports activities in the amateur sector:

  1. Activities may be carried out as individuals or in groups of a maximum of 50 people.
  2. Face masks must be worn or the required distance maintained outdoors; mask wearing and distancing can only be dispensed with if contact details are collected.
  3. In indoor spaces, the capacity limit must be observed, face masks worn and distancing maintained;

the following exceptions are permitted:

face masks do not have to be worn if:

  • this is necessary for carrying out the activity and
  • the spatial layout satisfies stricter requirements. An area of at least 25 square metres must be available for the exclusive use of each person or effective barriers must be put up between the individuals. For sports that are not associated with considerable physical exertion and that do not involve leaving the allocated space, the minimum space for exclusive of each person amounts to 10 square metres.

Contact details must be collected.

Holding dance events indoors is not permitted.

Educational
establishments

The following applies to events in educational establishments:

  • rooms in which events take place may only be filled to half of their capacity.

These restrictions do not apply to:

  • higher education institutions and providers of higher vocational training and further education, provided they have a concept for targeted and repetitive tests for Sars-CoV-2 that has been approved by the competent cantonal authority.

Further information is also available under Schools and Kitas.

Child and youth work

The activities of organisations and institutions involved in open child and youth work are permitted if the following prerequisites are met:

  • the activities are for children and young people born in 2001 or younger;
  • the activities for children and young people are supervised by a specialist member of staff;
  • an appropriate safety policy is in place.

Work

Employers are exempt from the homeworking obligation in their business if they have introduced a testing concept. The concept guarantees employees easy access to tests and provides for regular information about the benefits of testing.

Employees should be able to get tested at least once a week.