The three cantons have decided to end their exemption status starting from midnight on January 3rd.
They, along with three other Swiss-French cantons — Geneva, Fribourg and Jura — were freed from the restrictions that the Federal Council implemented on December 22nd.
These measures included the closing of all bars and restaurants, as well as sports and culture venues, until at least January 22nd.
But the least-affected cantons, where the R-rate remained below 1 for more than a week, could decide to ease the restrictions and keep their restaurants and other venues open.
At the time, the R-rate — a measure of the speed at which the disease is spreading — was just below 1 in the French- speaking part of Switzerland, so these cantons were exempt from following national rules.
Fin du régime d’exception dans le canton de Vaud. Compte tenu de l’évolution du taux de reproduction du virus #COVID-19 dans le Canton de #Vaud, supérieur au seuil de 1. Ce nouveau régime prendra effet le 3.01.2021 à minuit #Vaud #covid-19 #CoronaInfoCH https://t.co/u6SdKQyo8T
— Etat de Vaud (@EtatdeVaud) January 3, 2021
As a reminder, these measures, which are now uniform throughout Switzerland, include:
- The closing of bars, restaurants, discotheques, night clubs, museums, libraries, cinemas, as well as other entertainment, cultural, and recreational activities.
- Shops and service establishments such as hairdressers, can stay open, with the exception of Sundays. Only bakeries and pharmacies can be opened on Sunday.
- The number of persons who may be in a shop at any given time will be restricted. The maximum number depends on the size of the store.
- Company or school canteens.
- Hotel restaurants and bars, but only for their customers. They must close at 11 pm.
- Food takeout and delivery services.
- Ski areas remain open but restaurants in resorts and on slopes must close.