Switzerland’s Federal Council announced a further relaxation in coronavirus measures will take place from June 28th, provided the positive developments in the current epidemiological situation continue.
The measures will be comprehensively relaxed, including rules for shops, leisure activities, restaurants and nightclubs.
The requirement to wear masks in outdoor areas, along with schools and in the workplace, will also be relaxed.
A final decision on the changes will be made on June 23rd.
Here’s what you need to know.
Mask rules to be lifted outdoors, in the workplace and at high schools
From June 28th, masks will no longer be required in busy, publicly accessible outdoor areas.
Masks are currently required outdoors in bus stops, train stations, leisure facilities and on chair lifts.
Masks will also no longer be required in the workplace.
However, mask rules will remain in place where staff interact with customers, i.e. in retail outlets and restaurants.
Masks will also no longer be federally required in grammar schools, technical secondary schools and vocational schools.
However, the Federal Council indicated that some cantons may continue the existing mask rules in educational institutions.
Pubs and restaurants
Capacity restrictions will be loosened at pubs and restaurants.
While the number of people per table will be raised from four to six, outdoor tables will no longer have an upper limit.
Rules for mandatory seating will also be lifted in outdoor areas, meaning that people will again be able to drink while standing and move around.
Pubs and restaurants will still be required to collect contact details and everyone moving around inside will still need to wear a mask.
Nightclubs and discos open to those with Covid certificates
Nightclubs and discos will again be allowed to open, although entry will be restricted to those with covid certificates.
As reported by The Local Switzerland last week, nightclubs are classified as ‘red’ under Switzerland’s covid certificate rules – which means only those who have tested negative, been vaccinated or recovered from the virus will be allowed to attend.
A maximum of 250 people will be allowed to attend, but masks will not be required.
Venues must collect contact details.
Events to be allowed again
The rules relating to events will also be relaxed. Up to 1000 people can take part in an event without a covid certificate if they are seated, while the maximum for standing events will be 250 people.
These limits apply both indoors and outdoors.
Private events can take place without masks with a max of 30 people (indoors) and 50 people (outdoors).
Capacity restrictions on outdoor and indoor sport will be wound back, while indoor sports will still be required to have masks provided distance cannot be kept.