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Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update – May 26

For the first time in months the number of daily cases have fallen below the 1000 case line. This good news is accompanied by the following lifting of restrictions as of May 31st.

Restaurants will be allowed to reopen and up to 6 people will be able to sit at a table outside (it remains 4 inside). Masks will not need to be worn when people are seated, but contact tracing information continues to be needed.

Private meetings: up to 30 people can meet inside and 50 persons outside.

Public meetings: Up to 100 people can meet indoors for culture, sports and religious events and 300 people can meet outdoors.

Amateur sport, culture and theatre events: larger groups of up to 50 people can meet. Wellness and thermal baths can reopen. For quiet sports such as yoga only 10m2 per student will be required. Contact sports indoors are only allowed with masks and in groups no bigger than four people.

Universities: face-to-face teaching with protection concept without limit of persons

Home office will be lifted for companies that conduct regular testing of their employees.

People recovered from Covid-19 are not required to quarantine for 6 months following their illness. Fully vaccinated people are also exempt from contact quarantine and travel quarantine for six months, as well as from the testing obligation and the obligation to provide contact details upon entry. But this does not mean that they do not have to follow the rules of other countries they may be visiting, that may still require testing or quarantining.

Masks are still required when social distance of 1m50 cannot be kept even outdoors.

From Monday there will be no number limitation on spontaneous meetings so long as social distancing rules are observed or mask worn.

The government will meet again in the coming month to decide whether further restrictions may be lifted.

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