In Switzerland, large events such as trade fairs and exhibitions are possible without restrictions on the number of visitors and the use of capacities. For trade fairs, only the restriction of a Covid certificate or the mask requirement applies.
Large events are events with more than 1000 people. They may only be held with a cantonal permit and only persons with a Covid 19 certificate may be admitted. There is an obligation to prepare a protection concept to implement this access restriction. There are no further restrictions.
Trade fairs and exhibitions
There are no capacity requirements for trade fairs and exhibitions, regardless of the number of visitors or the restriction to people with Covid certificate. If the event is restricted to people with a certificate, there are no restrictions except for the protection concept to implement this access restriction; in particular, visitors can also refrain from wearing the mask indoors. The mask wearing obligation exists for indoor trade fairs and exhibitions only if access is also open to people without a certificate.
For smaller events – with or without an audience – the following applies: If the event is only open to people with Covid certificate, there are no further restrictions. For events without Covid certificate, with compulsory seating, the maximum number of participants is 1,000 people (indoors and outdoors). If people are standing or moving, a maximum of 500 people are allowed outside and 250 people are allowed inside. Inside, masks are also mandatory.
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.