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29 avr. 2020 | 15h15 UTC

Switzerland: Government extends ban on large gatherings until August 31 /update 10

Switzerland Alerte de sécurité

Swiss government extends ban on large gatherings until August 31 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/4/2020, 12h00 until 31/8/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Switzerland

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The Swiss government announced on Wednesday, April 29, that events of more than 1000 people will remain banned until Monday, August 31, to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Public transport in Switzerland resumed operational service on a restricted schedule on Sunday, April 19, while some regional train services resumed operating regular timetables on Monday, April 27.

As of Monday, April 27, hospitals are permitted to conduct all procedures, including elective surgeries, while massage parlors, salons, and hairdressers are also allowed to resume operations. Shops, markets, and compulsory schools will be authorized to reopen from Monday, May 11, while universities, secondary, and vocational schools will be allowed to reopen from Monday, June 8.

The Swiss government's entry restrictions on all Schengen and non-Schengen states remain in effect and apply to all flights and land borders. Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, individuals with a Swiss residence permit, and individuals embarking on work-related or emergency travel to Switzerland will still be allowed to enter the country. Travelers may transit through Switzerland and the movement of goods will not be affected by the measures.

As of Wednesday, April 29, 29,264 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Switzerland, with 1699 associated deaths. Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia. 


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:  

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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