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Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update – June 23

The government has decided to lift more restrictions than originally planned as of June 26. The following new rules will apply:

Restaurants: Outside no restrictions, inside number of people per table no longer limited, but contact details of one person per group required.

Recreation: Water parks, discos and nightclubs will be allowed to open.

Covid certificate: Mandatory in discos and at large events and voluntary at smaller events, in sports, cultural and leisure establishments and restaurants.

Events: with certificate no restriction, without certificate with compulsory seating maximum 1000 people, without certificate and without compulsory seating outside 500, inside 250 people.

Home office obligation will be replaced by a recommendation, i.e. testing at the workplace will no longer be required.

Secondary Schools: There are no longer any restrictions on the number of people in the classroom. At secondary and vocational schools, the mask requirement will be relaxed.

Mask requirement: Abolished outdoors, relaxed at secondary schools and vocational schools (cantons decide), relaxed at the workplace (employers decide).

Sports and culture: no restriction outside, contact details inside, choir performances also allowed inside, no distinction between amateur and professional events.

Travel: The quarantine requirement is lifted for entries from the Schengen area.

Unchanged: masks are mandatory indoors (restaurants, stores, public transport and events without Covid certificate) and private meetings with a maximum of 30 people (outdoors 50).

Of note to date the Swiss Vaccination App is not yet recognised by other countries, so it is advised to have a printed copy of your certificate with you when traveling.

12 to 15 year old can now be vaccinated if they are either suffering from health problems or in close contact with someone with a weakened immune system. It is not a call to have all children vaccinated but only those who are at risk or live with someone at risk.

You can find more information about the new rules here.

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