Coronavirus - Latest Information

last update: Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 10.00 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)

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 40 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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