Banned since the start of the pandemic, events with more than 1,000 people will again be allowed to take place in Switzerland from October 1st.
In a meeting with cantonal officials on Wednesday, the Federal Council laid out the requirements that event organisers must adhere to if they are to be allowed to host events again.
All events require a ‘protection concept’, which lays out how the requirements will be adhered to.
All patrons must be seated at events, except for outdoor events such as skiing or cycling races.
The Swiss government's new rules for events from October 1st (in German). Image: FOPH/CH
At football and ice hockey games, all attendees must wear masks. Stadiums may be filled only to a maximum of two-thirds of overall capacity.
Away fans will not be allowed to attend.
Contact tracing must be implemented at all events.
While health authorities initially flagged an alcohol ban at all major events, this was walked back on Wednesday.
Instead, the Federal Council on Wednesday decided that alcohol can be sold at large events as long as patrons can stick to social distancing rules.
While the above are federal minimums, cantons are free to put in place additional restrictions – including banning alcohol or revoking permits from event organisers.