From Monday, the Swiss will have to present the Covid certificate if they want to eat inside a restaurant, go to a museum or even participate in a concert. In addition, the Federal Council is consulting on the obligation to present a negative test for unvaccinated holidaymakers who wish to enter Switzerland.
The circulation of the virus has experienced a slight increase in recent days, pointed out Alain Berset this Wednesday afternoon during the press conference of the Federal Council. “The situation remains very unstable with more than 3,500 new cases recorded on Wednesday. Not to mention the many people hospitalized and who are sometimes in intensive care,” laments the Federal Councilor in charge of health.
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To prevent this rapid increase in hospitalizations from worsening further and leading to an overload of the health system as autumn approaches, the Federal Council has announced that the extension of the health pass, which has been in the air for two weeks, would become reality on Monday.
In addition to this flagship decision, the Federal Council is consulting on the obligation to present a negative Covid test for unvaccinated holidaymakers wishing to enter Switzerland.
>> The measurements in detail:
EXTENSION OF THE PASS – Compulsory from Monday in bars, restaurants, museums or concert halls
The measure had been in the air for two weeks. After delaying, the Federal Council finally decided that it would become reality on Monday. Swiss people over 16 will have to present a Covid certificate if they want to eat inside a restaurant, go to a museum, go to a concert or attend a wedding. Cinemas, fitness centers, casinos and other leisure centers will also have to submit to the new measure.
Valid until January 24, this provision concerning the vast majority of spaces and events taking place indoors may be lifted earlier if the situation improves, but the Federal Council has not set specific criteria.
Note that for external events, the certificate will be requested only for events of more than 1000 people.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE PASS – Not compulsory on terraces, in airports or political/religious gatherings of up to 50 people
However, the government has watered down its wine a little. Political rallies, funerals and other religious services will be exempt from the requirement for up to 50 people, up from 30 initially. Just like self-help groups. Musical or theatrical rehearsals and sports training for less than 30 people will also be authorized without a certificate.
It will not be required either on the terraces of bars and restaurants. As well as in airport transit areas and popular canteens.
In image, the announcements of the Federal Council of September 8, 2021. [Conseil fédéral]
FINES INTRODUCED – In case of non-compliance
Sanctions have been introduced in the event of non-compliance with the measures. A customer without a certificate will have to pay 100 francs. Offending establishments or organizers will also be fined or even closed. The cantons are responsible for controls.
HEALTH PASS IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND UNIVERSITY FRAMEWORK – Clarifications made
The use of the certificate in the professional context has been further clarified. Employers will be able to require a health pass, but only if this allows them to define the appropriate protective measures or to implement a screening plan. If an employer asks his employees for a test, he will have to pay for it out of pocket. Only repetitive tests are covered by the Confederation.
Employees should be consulted in advance, and the use of the certificate and resulting actions should be documented in writing. Whenever possible, employers should opt for the “light” version of the pass.
In addition, the cantons and the universities may also require the health sesame for bachelor’s or master’s students. Room occupancy restrictions may then be lifted. Sanitary measures, such as wearing a mask, may also fall during events where the certificate is required.
NEGATIVE TEST TO ENTER SWITZERLAND – In consultation until September 14
Holidaymakers who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from Covid-19 who want to enter Switzerland will have to present a negative Covid test. Two variants were put out for consultation on Wednesday until September 14.
The first relies on repetitive testing. Non-immune and non-vaccinated travelers will have to present a negative test when entering Switzerland, regardless of their origin. After four to a maximum of seven days, they will have to undergo a second test in Switzerland. The result must be sent to the canton. The costs will be borne by the travellers.
The second variant provides, instead of a second test, for a ten-day quarantine. The latter may be shortened after seven days upon presentation of a negative test.
In both cases, holidaymakers will have to complete the travel form “passenger locator form”. This will be required for any entry into the territory, whether by car, train, plane, boat, bicycle or on foot.
Only cross-border workers, children under 16 and passengers in transit will be exempt. In order to enforce the rules, controls will be intensified. Fines may be imposed.
PERSONS VACCINATED ABROAD – They should be able to obtain the Covid certificate
The Federal Council is also proposing to extend access to the Covid certificate for people vaccinated abroad. Those who have been vaccinated with a product recognized by the European Medicines Agency and who have their domicile in Switzerland or who want to enter Switzerland will be able to obtain a Swiss certificate.
Currently, only certificates from countries that have joined the EU digital Covid certificate are compatible with the Swiss system.
COUNTRIES AT RISK – Discontinued List
The government renounces the list of countries at risk kept by the Federal Office of Public Health. It is no longer adapted to follow the dynamics of the Delta variant. The list of the State Secretariat for Migration is maintained.