COVID-19 Update
20 April 2020 - Impact Hub Basel
It has been 5 weeks since we’ve started working from home and closed our Hub to the public. It was and still is a turbulent time full of new challenges. At Impact Hub Basel, we do our best to #FightCovid19 and at the same time continue to #InspireAndCreateChange.

We’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved as a community and update you on what has happened in the world of Impact Hub Basel:

  • We keep engaging and supporting our Community in the virtual world through our weekly Community Calls like the z’Nüni Catch-Ups, the Digital Afterworks, Morning Mediations and new Online Courses.
  • We transitioned our Impact Hub Basel Incubator online and hosted an all-day Business Model and Sales Workshop for our Impact Hub Basel Incubator startups.
  • We spearheaded a national-wide #VersusVirus Online Hackathon! 5000+ people participated, including 500 mentors, 260+ projects were submitted and 42 Highlight teams were selected; all in a joint effort to come up with solutions to tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We successfully hosted an online pitch session with our 6 Lafiya Innovators startups, with near zero technical issues 😉

Next at Impact Hub Basel for you:

As a team, we agreed on where we want to go with Impact Hub Basel, and we’ll keep moving ahead with social innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship! It is certainly not easy to stay motivated and be innovative during these times, but we have proven we can do it! So as we look ahead to an uncertain future on the surface, we stay creative, positive and proactive. Inspired by VersusVirus, we have decided to embark on our own Hubathon in May to tackle our Impact Hub Basel strategic directions.


Last Thursday, 16 April 2020, the national government held a press conference to update the public on the measures and road to reopening. As you can see in the picture, this will happen in 3 phases. Based on this guidance, we have decided to keep our Coworking Space, Impact Factory and Café spurlos closed to the public at least until the end of May. You can read on to the rest of this blog post for the details of this guidance and measures that may apply to you.

If you have any questions, concerns or want to share your ideas, please reach out to us via email ([email protected]) or via phone (+41 76 500 40 53, 9am-5pm)

Big air hugs to all of you!

Your Impact Hub Basel team


Effective since 16 March 2020 until at least 31 May 2020:

  • Our Coworking space, meeting rooms, Impact Factory and Café spurlos will remain closed to the public, including external guests of members.
  • As we understand some of our members themselves are facing income shortages, we’d like to offer you to freeze your membership with us starting May until we reopen again fully. To do so, please send us an email to [email protected] by 24 April 2020. We appreciate your support and the engagement you show also while working from home.
  • Impact Hub Basel coworking members can continue to access our Coworking space, although we strongly advise them to do Home Office and to follow the recommendations of the BAG. We will ensure their continued access and carry out the cleaning as usual.
  • To protect our hosting team, hosting will remain at an absolute minimum. 1 host from the core team will continue to rotate weekly instead of daily to minimize the spread. The host will continue to track attendance daily.
  • All team members to work from home at least until end of May.
  • All meetings and events to continue online or be postponed or cancelled.

Pandemic Team

  • Our pandemic team has been formed in the beginning of March and stays active.
  • We are in contact with the other Swiss Impact Hubs to ensure we are aligned.
  • We will evaluate the situation after every press conference from the national government and you will be informed regularly via this blog as well as our newsletter.


The national government has provided their guidance for reopening in the following 3 phases.

27 April

  • Small businesses providing personal services such as hairdressers, dentists, garden centers, florists can reopen with a safety concept that has to be approved (nobody knows by whom)
  • There are no more limitations on funerals.
  • Hospitals can restart non-urgent procedures;
  • Rules of 2 meter distancing, no shaking hands and no gatherings more than 5 stay.

11 May

  • Schools (for compulsory education) and shops can reopen; which means transportation needs to be back in place; they are aware that kids cannot keep distance but there will be solutions like no shaking hands or go wash your hands.

08 June

  • Other schools (everything after 10th grade) and entertainment facilities such as museums, zoos, botanical gardens and pretty much everything else can reopen
  • The rule of no more than 5 should be lifted by then but they will be decide later.

General measures

  • Depending on how the corona spread go, they may or may not cancel the phases as they come.
  • Main priority is to keep the spread low.
  • All facilities (no matter what type) have to have a safety concept to reopen.
  • There is no general rule for the public to wear masks but maybe the employees in shops will as part of their safety concept, due to availability and the efficacy).
  • Big events like football games or messes will not be allowed and likely the last category to reopen.
  • So far, gastro has not been decided at all. They want the gastro associations to come up with safety concepts first. It sounded like that the concept from the gastro associations needs to be reviewed by the BAG and then still leave it up to the cantons.
  • For all other types of facilities that were not mentioned are assumed to not be allowed to reopen as of now.
  • Federal government never issued a ban on Kitas but they left it to the cantons so they also cannot lift it. It therefore depends on the cantons. Try not to send your kids to your grandparents (although not officially mentioned).



  • If you have a fever and a cough, please stay at home and call your doctor or the Corona hotline: +41 58 463 00 00. Please save this number to your phone.
  • Practice self quarantine for 10 days if you show first symptoms or at least for 5 days if your co-habitants show symptoms
  • There is no general rule for the public to wear masks but are recommended for healthcare professionals and people at risk.
  • At-risk group currently include people who are aged 65+ or have
    • low immune systems
    • high blood pressure
    • diabetes
    • Cardiovascular diseases
    • Chronic respiratory diseases
    • Diseases and therapies that weaken the immune system
    • cancer
  • The new COVID-19 disease can run very differently than the seasonal flu. Some people have mild symptoms and hardly notice that they are sick. Others need intensive hospital treatment.

Personal Hygiene and Social Distancing

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Cough and sneeze in a tissue or bend of the arm, not into your hands
  • avoid shaking hands, hugs or kisses; try waving or double foot taps
  • avoid travelling by public transport
  • avoid places with groups of people
  • avoid contact with infected people
  • avoid gatherings with more than 5 people; if less than 5 people, the 2 meter distancing rule still applies
  • try to stay at home

Hygiene in Shared Space

  • the latest hygiene recommendations from BAG have been hung up in our space
  • single-use paper towels are now in the bathrooms
  • closed bins have replaced open ones, especially for used tissues
  • increase of cleaning of the surfaces and door handles/knobs by cleaning company and hosts

Schools and Childcare

  • Daycare Centres are being regulated by cantons and there are still different rules.

Impact Hub Basel team