In Switzerland, large events are possible without restrictions on the number of visitors and the use of capacity if access is limited to people with a Covid certificate and a cantonal permission is given.
Trade fairs and consumer shows
If trade fairs and consumer shows are not held exclusively outdoors, access for people aged 16 and over must be limited to those who are vaccinated or recovered (2G). For the mask-wearing requirement to be waived, the organiser can voluntarily limit access to vaccinated or recovered people who also have a certificate for a negative test result (2G+).
The organisers of trade fairs and consumer shows must also draw up and implement a set of precautionary measures. If more than 1000 people are present each day, authorisation must be obtained from the canton. The canton of Basel-Stadt will not approve any large events with more than 1000 people until mid-March 2022.
Access to indoor events for people aged 16 and over is basically restricted to people who are vaccinated or recovered (2G). Exempt from this Covid certificate requirement are small events with a maximum of 50 people (e.g. religious or political events), for which, however, special requirements apply.
Basically masks must be worn for all events indoors. Where neither wearing masks nor compulsory seating is possible, only vaccinated or recovered people who can present a certificate for a negative test result (2G+) are admitted.
At outdoor events, access for people aged 16 and over is also restricted to people who are vaccinated or recovered (2G).The organiser can voluntarily limit access to vaccinated or recovered people who also have a certificate for a negative test result (2G+).
All information about the applicable regulations in Switzerland
In order to support the staging of events of supra-cantonal significance, in its spring session Parliament introduced a “protective umbrella” for the events industry. The federal government and the cantons contribute to the unmet costs of events that have to be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.
The organiser bears a deductible of CHF 5,000 per event for the uncovered costs and an excess of 10 per cent of the remaining amount. If the cantons bear half of the uncovered costs, the Confederation will cover the other half. The Confederation and the cantons contribute a maximum of CHF 5 million per event. This applies to events between 1 June 2021 and 30 April 2022. A legal basis for implementation has yet to be put in place in most cantons. The parliament of the canton of Basel-Stadt approved the “protective umbrella” on 23.06.2021.
Preparing for the time after the pandemic
We are preparing intensively for the time after the pandemic. Tailor-made protection concepts, hybrid solutions and innovative alternatives will play a central role in the future.