Switzerland set to extend Covid certificate to bars and restaurants from Monday

Switzerland's Covid certificate will be required in bars, restaurants, gyms and some private events from Monday onwards, with the government saying "the situation in the hospitals is serious".

Switzerland set to extend Covid certificate to bars and restaurants from Monday
A final decision is expected on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

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Switzerland’s Federal Council is set to extend the Covid certificate from September 13th, after previously delaying its decision by a week.

In a press conference on Wednesday Health Minister Alain Berset said the Covid certificate would now be required in almost all indoor areas, other than a handful of exceptions. 

Covid certificates will be required to enter indoor areas of restaurants, bars, fitness centres, as well as sports events, cultural facilities, and private parties, as is currently the case in most of Switzerland’s neighbour countries.

READ MORE: When will Switzerland decide whether to enforce the Covid certificate in restaurants?

The certificate will also be required in the workplace in many instances. 

Even though this plan was set to be approved on September 1st after being put out for consultation in late August, authorities postponed its implementation due to a slower than expected increase in hospitalisations at the time. 

However, the number of admissions to intensive care units has increased in the past few days, with Swiss intensive care units having more Covid-related patients than any other European country on a per capita basis.

A number of cantons have reached or are reaching their full capacities in all of their ICUs. 

On a nationwide basis, ICUs are at 87 percent capacity, as at September 7th. 

READ MORE: Why does Switzerland have the most Covid-related ICU patients in Europe?

Member comments

  1. OK, but how many ICU are available? There are reports showing that the capacity of ICU units have been severely decreased during the pandemics. I see this as a form of coercion and discrimination, linked to the obligation of administering an experimental vaccine with proven short term side effects, and unknown long term consequences.

    1. This is precisely what’s happening. A good friend of mine works as a consultant with one of the hospital groups and they reduced beds overall and including ICU beds. It’s definitely all about coercion and threats. Also, the comment “…Covid certificates will be required to enter indoor areas of…, as is currently the case in most of Switzerland’s neighbour countries.” Is this how we make decisions now? Johnny got a new bike so I want one too.

      A lot of good the vaccines are doing. At my husband’s small office of 14…3 got covid (2x jabbed) but my husband not. He had a covid test about 3 days before they found out they were sick and he got one a few days after they notified him. Both times he was negative. So how the heck does a passport stop the spread of the virus? It doesn’t. It’s a GREAT BIG STICK. I have a friend currently suffering through a terrible bout of Shingles after her Pfizer jab. The pharmacist told her they are getting a lot of people coming in with shingles after their shots. Meanwhile she has worked throughout the entire pandemic in a service facing job with the public and was never sick. Now this. She’s on sick leave.

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What will Switzerland do about the ‘millions’ of expiring Covid certificates?

In the coming months, millions of Covid certificates are set to expire in Switzerland. What will the government do about it?

What will Switzerland do about the ‘millions’ of expiring Covid certificates?

As certificates are valid for nine months after the second vaccine dose or a booster, “millions of Swiss Covid certificates will expire by autumn at the latest”, according to Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes.

As many Swiss received their most recent shot in late 2021, the nine-month period will soon be coming to an end. 

Although this is not a problem domestically as proof of vaccination is no longer required in Switzerland, it may pose issues for travel. 

Since many countries still require a vaccination certificate for entry, and as the second round of boosters is not yet available in Switzerland,  this means that a large number of people may not be able to travel abroad.

And while other countries have already started to administer second booster shots, Swiss health authorities are dragging their feet, not having even issued a recommendation for the fourth dose yet.

This worries some MPs, who are calling on the government to make second boosters available soonest possible.

“The past has shown that cantons are not always sufficiently prepared. Something like this mustn’t happen again”, said MP Fabian Molina, adding that anyone travelling abroad should be able to be re-vaccinated if they wish. 

Another deputy, Yvonne Feri, noted that the federal government and the cantons have to prepare to vaccinate again within a short period of time.

READ MORE: Reader question: When will Switzerland roll out second Covid boosters?