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Measures by the federal government of 18.12.2020

On Friday afternoon, 18 December 2020, the Federal Council adopted its latest measures, which will apply from 22 December 2020 until 22 January 2021:

  • Restaurants and cafés will be closed. There are no exceptions for the holidays. Only company and school canteens as well as restaurants for hotel guests may remain open. Take-aways and delivery services will also be allowed. Bakeries are allowed to offer their entire range of products on Sunday under certain conditions.
  • Leisure and cultural facilities will be closed. These include museums, cinemas, libraries, casinos and zoos. Cultural activities will remain possible in small groups. Events with an audience will remain prohibited.
  • Sports facilities will also be closed. Individual and group training indoors is prohibited. Outdoors, sports may be practised in groups of no more than five people. Professional games may take place without spectators. Activities by children and young people before their 16th birthday are still permitted, with the exception of competitions.
  • Exceptions possible in individual cantons. Cantons with favourable epidemiological development may decide on facilitations, such as opening restaurants and sports facilities.
  • Ski resorts remain open for the time being. However, ski resorts need a permit from the competent canton and a comprehensive protection concept to operate.
  • Capacity of shops will be further restricted. The maximum number of people depends on the freely accessible shop space. Shops must remain closed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Recommendation "Stay at home": The population is encouraged to stay at home. People should keep their social contacts to a minimum as well as refrain from going out.
  • The use of rapid tests will be expanded. They can now also be carried out without symptoms, for example in homes or at the workplace. Anyone who carries out a rapid test outside the test criteria must pay for it themselves. Pharmacies, hospitals, doctors' surgeries and test centres are now allowed to carry out all rapid tests that meet the criteria of the FOPH