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Covid-19 / Coronavirus Update – September 9.

The Federal Council has decided that from next Monday September 13. and until January 24, 2022, only vaccinated, recovered and tested persons will have access to many areas of public life. The certificate requirement applies to persons aged 16 and over.

Where will you need to show your certificate?

From Monday, 13 September, a certificate will be required to access:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants and bars. Certificates will not be required for outdoor areas of restaurants or for street vendors and restaurants in airport transit zones.
  • Cultural and leisure facilities such as museums, libraries, zoos, fitness centres, climbing halls, swimming pools, water parks, spas, billiard halls and casinos is also limited to COVID certificate holders.
  • Indoor events (concerts, theatre, cinema, sporting events, private events such as weddings in public venues) is also restricted.
  • Religious ceremonies and political events for up to 50 people are exempt, as are self-help groups.
  • Current rules will continue to apply for outdoor events: a certificate requirement applies for events for over 1,000 people; organisers of smaller outdoor events can decide whether or not to limit access to COVID certificate holders.
  • Access to indoor sporting and cultural activities such as training sessions or music and theatre rehearsals is to be limited to COVID certificate holders.
  • This restriction does not apply to fixed groups of no more than 30 people who regularly train or rehearse together in closed-off facilities.
  • Also exempt are services provided by public authorities as well as personal services, such as hairdressing salons, therapeutic and counseling services, catering services in social drop-in centers

At the workplace

The federal government does not require certification at workplaces and education centers (including canteens). Even employees in a company with a certificate requirement do not need a certificate themselves. However, the Federal Council wants to make it possible for companies to check the certificate on their employees “if it is used to define appropriate protective measures or implement test concepts”.

What are the penalties for not having the certificate or for having a false certificate?

Guests without a certificate in establishments or at events where a certificate requirement applies can be fined CHF 100. Establishments and event organisers that do not comply with the certificate requirement may be fined or even closed down.

COVID certificate for people vaccinated abroad

The Federal Council also addressed the issue of COVID certificates for people vaccinated abroad. Currently, only certificates issued by countries participating in the EU Digital COVID Certificate are technically compatible with the Swiss system. Under this proposal, anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who resides in or travels to Switzerland would be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate.

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