Events and Services


On 18 January 2021, the Federal Council decided to extend the stricter measures in the Covid-19-Ordinance Special Situation that have been applicable since 22 December 2020 for a further five weeks, until 28 February 2021. It has also passed further measures. The Ordinance on additional measures of the Canton of Basel-Stadt to combat the Covid-19 epidemic will continue to apply until 22/01/2021.

You can find further information about the different topics at FOPH FAQ about the measures.


Extension of 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
  • In schools from secondary level II

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.

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 here



New regulations for the retail trade from 18 January 2021

In order to make shops safer, larger stores must limit the number of customers to one customer per 10m². Small shops with a retail space of up to 40m² may allow in a maximum of 3 customers at one time.


Closure of non-essential shops

The Federal Council is making the national measures stricter from Monday, 18 January. Shops and markets will be closed. This does not include shops and markets that sell everyday essentials. It is also still possible to collect goods that have been ordered from shops. The regulation requiring shops, filling station shops and kiosks to remain closed after 19.00 hours and on Sundays, is being revoked. Publicly accessible shops or businesses that offer services, such as post offices, banks, travel agents or hairdressers, including relevant self-service offers, must remain closed between 19.00 and 06.00 hours and on Sundays.


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.


Restaurants, bars and clubs

The following applies to restaurants, bars and clubs from 18 January until 28 February 2021:

  • Food businesses are closed to the public. This does not include company and school canteens, soup kitchens, restaurants connected to hotels serving hotel guests, companies delivering meals and take-aways.
  • Take-aways must close between 23.00 – 06.00. 
  • Operation of discotheques and cafés or restaurants with dancing is banned, as is holding dance events.


Other businesses and facilities

The following applies to other businesses and facilities from 18 January 2021 until 28 February 2021:

  • Gyms, indoor pools, dance studios, fitness and wellness centres, ice sports facilities and the interior rooms of other indoor sports facilities and stadiums - including the cloakrooms - are closed to the public. This does not apply to primary school children and pupils at secondary level for alternative classes, or professional athletes. 
  • Gaming salons and casinos will also remain closed, along with the interior rooms of recreational and leisure facilities (i.e. youth clubs or bowling centres and snooker halls) and adult entertainment services.
  • Sports activities for children and young people up to their 16th birthday are forbidden in indoor spaces.


Private and public events

Holding events is forbidden from 18 January until 28 February 2021.

Exceptions apply in accordance with federal ordinance art. 6 para. 1:

  • Events pursuant to article 6c (assemblies of political bodies);
  • Events for shaping political opinion, with up to 50 people;
  • Negotiations before arbitration and judicial authorities;
  • Religious events with up to 50 people. 
  • Funerals among family and close friends ;
  • Events that are permitted in accordance with article 6d (educational establishments);
  • Events without an audience or spectators in the sports or cultural sectors pursuant to articles 6e and 6f paragraphs 2 and 3;
  • Events among family and friends (private events) may be attended by a maximum of 5 individuals. The obligation to draw up and implement a safety policy does not apply.

The Federal Council recommends limiting private meetings to two households, therefore minimising the number of contacts as far as possible. 

Holding of fairs and markets in indoor spaces is forbidden.

Religious services and other religious events can be held with a maximum number of 50 attendees.

Gatherings of people with more than 5 individuals are banned. 


Political bodies, demonstrations and petitions

The following events are not subject to any restrictions on the number of attendees:

  • Assemblies of legislative bodies at federal, cantonal and local level
  • Assemblies of bodies incorporated under public law that cannot be postponed


Cultural sector

Cultural, recreational and leisure facilities such as museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries, botanic gardens, zoos, casinos and amusement arcades etc. are closed. Activities in the cultural sector are possible for amateurs only as individuals or in groups of up to 5 people; groups must observe distancing and wear masks. Events in the professional sector with an audience are banned. Cultural activities (including museum visits) with school classes are still permitted; cultural activities for children and young people before their 16th birthday are not restricted.

Only events of professional troupes or orchestras without an audience, for example for a live broadcast on TV and/or streaming, are permitted.


Choirs and singing

Singing is permitted among families or during singing lessons at schools providing compulsory education. Singing is forbidden, both outdoors and in indoor spaces, outside of family circles and schools providing compulsory education. This applies not just to choirs but also to singing together in religious services and to certain New Year’s Eve customs that involve singing. Exceptions apply to professional choirs and singers.


Sports sector

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Educational establishments

Face-to-face sessions in educational establishments are banned from 9 December 2020.

The following are excluded from the ban:

a. schools providing compulsory education and schools of secondary II level, including the associated examinations;

b. Individual lessons;

c. The following activities where on-site presence is necessary for them to be carried out:

  1. Teaching activities that are an essential part of an educational programme,
  2. Examinations connected to educational programmes in the sphere of higher vocational training or for obtaining an official certificate.
  3. Where justified, more than 50 individuals can attend examinations.


Working from home

Employers are required to instruct employees to work from home wherever the type of activity allows this and where it can be implemented with reasonable effort. Employers do not have to compensate employees for any electricity / rent costs, for example, since the order is only temporary.


Measures at the workplace

Additional measures are enacted at the workplace in cases where working from home is not possible or is only possible sometimes: To protect employees in indoor spaces, masks are now compulsory wherever there is more than just one person in a room. Maintaining a large distance between workplaces in the same room is now no longer sufficient.