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Coronavirus Update – May 14

“There is reason to be cautiously optimistic”, according to health minister Alain Berset. For this reason as of May 31st the following restrictions will be lifted:

Restaurants: As of Monday, May 31, restaurants, among others, should be able to reopen inside. A maximum of four people per table will be allowed and guests’ contact details must be collected.

Events: The maximum number of people at public events is to be increased. There will now be a limit of 100 instead of 50 people indoors, and 300 instead of 100 outside. This also applies to the public at amateur sports events. Now 30 instead of 15 people are allowed to play sports together.

Culture: Similarly, the maximum group size in culture will be increased to 30 people. For performances and rehearsals, the limit is 50 people – indoors and outdoors. The limit for brass bands is now 10 square meters per person instead of 25. Choir concerts are again permitted outdoors.

Sports: For team sports of national and regional leagues a group size of 50 instead of 30 persons shall apply. Competitions in these sports are only allowed outdoors. The requirement for quiet indoor sports will be adjusted from 15 to 10 square meters per person.

Workplace: For companies that regularly test their workforce, the home office obligation will be changed back into a home office recommendation. According to the Federal Office of Public Health, weekly tests are sufficient for this.

Quarantine: In addition to those who have recovered, those who have been vaccinated should also be exempt from both contact and travel quarantine. However, which vaccines and for how long these exemptions apply still need to be regulated. For children under 16 years of age, however, the travel quarantine is generally lifted.

Education: At universities, the restriction to a maximum of 50 people for face-to-face events will be lifted. According to the Federal Council, the prerequisite is a testing concept within the framework of the cantonal testing strategy and approval by the canton. The masking and spacing requirement continues to apply.

Bathing: Thermal spas and wellness facilities are also allowed to open, provided the easing in caseloads, hospitalizations and ICU utilization continues. Allowed 15 square meters per person. Activities may be performed without a mask, but at a distance.

Short-time work: The maximum period of entitlement to short-time work compensation will be increased to 24 months. In addition, the summary settlement procedure is to be extended.

Countries on quarantine list upon return in Switzerland:

Germany: Land Sachsen & Thüringen.

France: Region Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Italy: Region Apulien, Basilikata, Kampanien

Austria: Land Oberösterreich & Salzburg

Other countries: Egypt, Andorra, Argentinia, Bahrain, Belgium Brasil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Estland, Georgia, India, Iran, Canada, Qatar, Columbia, Croatia, Kuwait, Lettland, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maledives, Mexiko, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Paraguay, Poland, Sweden, Serbia Seychelles Slowenia, Southafrica, Tansania, Turkey, Hungary, Uruguay, Cyprus.

For more details go to the official governmental website.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.