Swiss authorities issue rules on staying safe in large crowds

Swiss authorities issue rules on staying safe in large crowds
Two-metre distance must be maintained in crowds. Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP
As gatherings of up to 300 people in Switzerland have been authorised since June 6th, health authorities have released a set of regulations to keep the transmission of virus in large groups to a minimum.

According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the two-metre distance and hygienic rules will “remain the most important measures to prevent the spread of the virus”.

This rule pertains to:

Seating / Spacing

At the cinema, theatre, or any other event venues where a large group gets together, seats must be arranged to enable everyone to keep the required distance between each person and each group.

Families or persons living under the same roof can sit together, but must be at least two metres away from others.

This measure also applies to the flow of people — coming in or out of the venue — which must be managed so that everyone can keep the reglementary distance from each other.

Again, those living together are not required to distance from one another, only from other people.

However, if it is not possible to keep distance in certain situations, masks must be worn by each person.

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Contact tracing

Practically speaking, it may be difficult in some situations for large groups to keep a two-metre distance from each other.

In such cases, and in addition to the use of masks, the tracking of contacts must be ensured. 

It will surely be a major headache for event organisers, but the FOPH requires that names and phone numbers of each participant and each family must be collected, so that they can be notified if an outbreak of Covid-19 is subsequently detected.

This can be done through an online reservation system or a contact form.

And during seated events, information relating to the place occupied by each person must also be indicated.

Reception areas and performance halls must be set up in a way that ensures traceability. For example, the FOPH said that the venue could be divided into separate areas to facilitate tracking and notifying the participants if infection is found within a group.

Organisers must also be able to tell cantonal health authorities, for up to 14 days after the event, which close contacts have taken place.


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