Events and Services
On 23 June 2021, the Federal Council decided to relax the measures in the Covid-19-Ordinance Special Situation that have been applicable since 31 May 2021. The measures will be relaxed from 26 June 2021. The Ordinance on additional measures of the Canton of Basel-Stadt to combat the Covid-19 epidemic also continues to apply. We have put together the most important information for you below, organised by topic. General information about the measures is available from the Federal Government.
Compulsory mask wearing
The requirement to wear a face mask is being lifted in the following areas:
- In the outdoor spaces of publicly accessible institutions and businesses,
- In open passenger areas of public transport (boats, chairlifts),
- On public transport, all spaces that have large openings on at least two sides are considered to be outdoor spaces, such as platforms (including underground), stops, underpasses and overpasses, halls and shopping arcades.
- Enclosed underground railway stations including entrance areas, underground shopping areas and enclosed waiting rooms are considered to be indoor spaces where mask wearing is compulsory,
- In the outdoor spaces of recreational and leisure businesses.
People will still generally be required to wear masks in indoor spaces because it is not possible to check who has recovered or been vaccinated.
The requirement to wear masks in the workplace is being lifted. Employers must protect the health and safety of their employees. For example, this could mean compulsory mask wearing continuing to apply in certain cases or some employees continuing to work from home. Special protective measures for individuals at particular risk continue to apply to non-vaccinated pregnant women and to people who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds because of an illness or genetic abnormality.
The dispensation from compulsory mask wearing is regulated as follows: A medical certificate from a doctor or psychotherapist is required as proof of medical grounds; a medical certificate may only be issued if this is indicated for the person concerned.
Sport, culture, restaurant trade and retail
Sport & culture
Restrictions such as maximum group size, compulsory mask wearing, distancing, etc. no longer apply to people carrying out sporting or cultural activities outdoors. For activities in indoor spaces, participants’ contact details must be collected and rooms must have effective ventilation. Otherwise there are no restrictions.
Orchestra and choir rehearsals can be held without restrictions on the maximum number of people. In indoor spaces, participants’ contact details must be collected and rooms must have effective ventilation. Apart from the requirement to draw up a safety policy for groups of more than 5 people, no other guidelines apply. The same applies to all groups – professionals, amateurs and young people. No restrictions apply if admission is restricted to people with Covid-19 Certificates.
Rehearsals of carnival cliques, pipe and drum groups and "Guggenmusiken"
Rehearsal sessions for piping and drumming as well as for "Guggenmusik" are allowed under the following prerequisites. Compulsory mask wearing as well as the rules for distancing do not apply. Contact details have to be recorded (first name, surname, place of residence, telephone number) of all persons present and for each rehearsal. The contact details have to be kept for 14 days, after which they must be deleted or destroyed respectively. It is important that the rehearsal room can be aired/ventilated properly. It is not advisable to hold rehearsal sessions in clique cellars with poor ventilation or without windows. Any drinks during the rehearsal session must be consumed while seated.
Seating is still compulsory indoors, but no longer limited to four people per table. Contact details only need to be collected from one person per group. People must also wear a mask when moving through the restaurant. A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between groups or, alternatively, partitions can be put up. Staff who are in contact with guests must also wear a mask indoors.
In outdoor spaces, mask wearing is not compulsory, group size is not restricted, contact details do not need to be collected and seating is not compulsory. The only requirement is that either the required distance of 1.5 metres is maintained between groups of guests or effective barriers are put in place. Groups of guests should not mix.
Restaurants that only admit people with Covid-19 Certificates:
All protective measures are lifted for guests indoors and outdoors. The following applies to staff who are in contact with guests: either they all need to wear a mask indoors or masks are not necessary if all staff who have contact with guests and the guests themselves have a Covid Certificate.
Discotheques and cafés or restaurants with dancing
Discotheques and cafés or restaurants with dancing can open if admission is restricted to individuals with a Covid-19 Certificate. There are no restrictions on numbers of people and contact details do not need to be collected. As is the case for all institutions that restrict access to people with a Covid-19 Certificate, masks are not required.
Restrictions on capacity no longer apply to shops (retail trade). However, masks are still compulsory in shops, including for staff.
Schools / educational establishments
You can find information about education here.
Events among family and friends
Private meetings and events among family and friends that are not held in publicly accessible facilities (e.g. at home or in a private garden) can be attended by a maximum of 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Safety policies are not required. The conduct recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health should be followed.
Events: Admission with a Covid-19 Certificate
No restrictions apply to events, including major events, where admission is limited to people with Covid-19 Certificates. From 26 June 2021, events with more than 10,000 people can take place again and venues can be used at their full capacity. A safety policy must be drawn up for all events. Among other points, this safety policy must specify how admission will be restricted to people with certificates. Events with over 1,000 people require cantonal approval.
Events: Admission without a Covid-19 Certificate
The following applies to events without Covid-19 Certificates:
- There can be a maximum of 1,000 attendees if seated – indoors and outdoors.
- If attendees are standing or moving around, admission is restricted to a maximum of 250 attendees indoors and a maximum of 500 attendees outdoors.
- Up to two thirds of the capacity of a venue can be used – indoors and outdoors.
- The following applies indoors: Compulsory mask wearing and obligation to keep distance; consumption of food and beverages only in restaurant areas; when seated only if contact details are collected.
- The following applies outdoors: no compulsory mask wearing.
- Events and concerts with dancing are not permitted.
Events where the audience dances (e.g. rock concerts as well as discos) can only be held if admission is restricted to people with a Covid-19 Certificate. If more than 1,000 people attend, the guidelines for major events must be followed (authorisation required).
Religious events can be attended by up to 1,000 people, with compulsory seating for service-goers. When seating is not compulsory (e.g. during a procession), a maximum of 250 attendees may be present indoors. Masks must be worn indoors. Up to 500 attendees are permitted at outdoor events and seating is not compulsory. A maximum of two thirds of the capacity may be used, indoors and outdoors.
Major events are events with more than 1,000 people (participants and spectators). They require cantonal approval and only people with a Covid-19 Certificate may be admitted. Apart from the requirement to draw up a safety policy, there are no other restrictions. We've drawn up for you a fact sheet with the differnt aspects.
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Large trade fairs and public fairs
The current ban on indoor trade fairs with fewer than 1,000 people is being lifted. Large trade fairs and public fairs can be held with no restrictions on capacity.
If admission to a trade fair is restricted to people with a Covid-19 Certificate, no restrictions apply other than the requirement to have a safety policy. In particular, attendees do not have to wear masks indoors. Compulsory mask wearing only applies to trade fairs indoors if admission is also open to people without a Covid-19 Certificate.