Coronavirus - Latest Information

last update: Thursday, 23 April 2020, 2.00 pm

 

In Switzerland, the number of corona infections is increasing rapidly. The Federal Council has classified the situation in Switzerland as an “extraordinary situation”. The Federal Council calls on the population to take responsibility: Stay at home.

Measures to protect the health of the population

  • All shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment and leisure facilities will remain closed. Not affected by the new ruling are food stores and healthcare institutions.
  • Mobilisation of up to 8000 military personnel for health, logistics and security
  • Ban on classroom teaching at all educational establishments
  • All public and private events are prohibited
  • Gatherings of more than five persons are prohibited
  • Temporary standstill in debt collection
  • Authorisation requirement for the export of medical protective equipment
  • All persons from abroad, with the exception of the Principality of Liechtenstein, are refused entry to Switzerland by land and air (Exceptions are possible, for example for people who live or work in Switzerland.)
  • Ban on visiting hospitals, old people’s homes, nursing homes and invalidity facilities (Canton of Zurich)

Easing of measures

First phase commencing 27 April

In an initial phase commencing on 27 April, the Federal Council intends to ease measures on businesses where there is only a low level of direct contact, where precautionary measures can easily be put in place, and where there will be no significant movements of people.

  • Measures regarding the inpatient medical sector will be eased
  • hospitals will again be free to carry out all types of procedure
  • Outpatient medical practices will be allowed to resume normal operation. This covers dental, physiotherapy and medical massage practices.
  • Also allowed to open: hairdressing salons, massage practices, tattoo and cosmetic studios. Florists, DIY stores and garden centres may also open again, as can unstaffed public facilities such as car washes
  • The restriction whereby funerals may only be attended by close family will be lifted.

 

Second and third phase: 11 May and 8 June
In phase two, which is set to commence on 11 May, it is planned that schools for children of compulsory-school age, shops and markets will reopen. The Federal Council will decide on whether to proceed with phase two on 29 April. In phase three, set to commence on 8 June, upper secondary schools, vocational schools and higher education institutions will be allowed to resume face-to-face teaching. At the same time, entertainment and leisure establishments such as museums, libraries, botanical gardens and zoos may reopen, and restrictions on gatherings could be relaxed. The Federal Council will take a decision regarding the details of this phase on 27 May. The Federal Council has not yet determined further phases. A decision as to when large-scale events will again be allowed to go ahead will be taken at one of its next meetings.


Impact on the economy

The appearance of the coronavirus and the protective measures taken by the authorities as a result trigger supply bottlenecks and a drop in demand, which can lead to work stoppages. As an entrepreneur, you are particularly challenged to counteract the short and long-term effects of this situation.

Short-time work as a result of the coronavirus

Short-time work is the temporary reduction or discontinuation of work in a company for unavoidable economic reasons. Loss of working hours as a result of the coronavirus is not part of the normal business risk and entitles the employee to short-time work compensation (KAE).

Package of economic measures

Federal Council increases Corona aid to over 60 billion francs.

 

Unbureaucratic, targeted and rapid. This is how the Federal Council wants to help the economy, culture and sport. It wants to prevent solid companies from getting into difficulties.



Information for self-employed persons

Self-employed persons who suffer loss of income as a result of the Federal Council's measures to combat coronavirus are entitled for compensation.

Information for home owners

Due to the ban on all public and private events, convened or planned meetings are cancelled and postponed to a later date.

Information for tenants

We are in contact with all cleaning institutes commissioned by us to ensure that the tightened hygiene measures are also implemented in the area of house cleaning.



Information from the FOPH

Stay at home, especially if you are old or sick. Unless you need to go to work and cannot work from home; unless you need to go to the doctor or pharmacy; unless you need to buy food or help someone.



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