COVID-19 Update – Let’s beat the second wave together!
19 Oktober 2020 - Impact Hub Basel
We have gone through this once, and we are confident we can go through the second wave stronger and wiser. It will no doubt be a test for our personal and business resilience in the upcoming months. Worries aside, we put our creative minds and hearts together to bring more inspiration and sustainable change to and with our community we love, for it is the reason why Impact Hub Basel started after all.

At an extraordinary meeting on Sunday 18 October, the Federal Council introduced several further national measures to combat the rapid rise in coronavirus infections. The government council of Basel-Stadt is also tightening the cantonal COVID-19 regulation. The new measures agreed by the federal government and the cantons aim to better protect the public’s health and to prevent the health system from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks and months. The intention is also to considerably curb the number of new cases so that the cantons can continue to contract trace effectively. Despite the restrictions, it is hoped that the economy can continue to function and people can live their lives with as little disruption as possible. Both new sets of measures are effective as of Monday, 19 October.

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).

Stay safe, everyone, and big air hugs to all of you!

Your Impact Hub Basel team


Face masks are mandatory:

  • on public transport, at train platforms, train stations, airports, bus stops, tram stops and other public transport access points;
  • in publicly accessible interiors including all shops, shopping centers, banks, post offices, museums, libraries, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, zoological and botanical gardens, animal parks, restaurants, bars, discos, dance halls, gaming rooms, hotels (not guest rooms), entrances, receptions and dressing rooms of swimming pools, sports facilities and fitness centers, in medical practices, hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, churches and religious institutions, advice centers and quarters, publicly accessible public administration buildings, businesses with personal services with physical contact such as hairdressers and massages;
  • in primary, secondary and tertiary schools, in institutions providing additional childcare; also applicable to extracurricular use of school premises, for example sports or music clubs and carnival groups (if still relevant to be held);
    • As soon as people are in class or meeting rooms where the distance rules can be observed, the mask can be removed
  • in general if the required distance of at least 1.5m cannot be maintained and protective measures cannot be taken;
  • in Basel-Stadt until at least 31.12.2020 for restaurants, public and private events;
  • except for:
    • anyone 12 years old and younger and anyone who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons,
    • guests in restaurants, bars, clubs, discos and dance halls sitting and consuming at the table,
    • and people performing such as speakers, artists, athletes or clergy

Public events:

  • In indoor spaces there is a legal requirement to wear a mask at all public events.
  • In all cases, contact details must be collected.
  • At public events with up to 1’000 people in outdoor spaces, the relevant set of precautionary measures must include the necessary protective safeguards (depending on the circumstances distancing, face masks and/or contact details).
  • At public events with more than 100 people sectors must be created. There is thus no general requirement to wear a mask. However, it can be assumed that at events where social distancing cannot be assured, protective masks will be part of the precautionary measures.
  • Food and drink must be consumed sitting down.

Private events:

  • Many people become infected with the coronavirus when families and friends gather. Gatherings should be avoided where possible.
  • Private events up to 15 people must apply distancing rules or must wear masks.
  • At private events attended by 16-100 people,
    • food and drink may only be consumed and no need to wear a mask while seated;
    • anyone standing up must wear a mask.
    • Furthermore, hygiene rules must be observed at all times and contact details must be recorded.
  • For private events of more than 100 people there must be a set of precautionary measures (as for public events) and may only be held in publicly accessible venues.

Spontaneous gatherings:

  • Spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 persons are not permitted in public spaces such as town squares, streets, paths and parks. The aim is to prevent private events moving outdoors.
  • Gatherings of up to 15 people must apply distancing rules or must wear masks.
  • Organized outdoor events such as political and civil society demonstrations are permitted provided precautionary measures are observed.

Bars, clubs and restaurants:

  • Restaurants:
    • Number of consuming guests limited to a maximum of 100 per room (a restaurant can still operate different rooms at max. 100 each).
    • Consumption in standing areas is now prohibited.
    • The required distance must be maintained between the groups of guests sitting at the tables or special protective devices must be provided.
  • Clubs, discos, dance halls: a maximum of 300 people may be present at the same time.
  • Food and drinks may only be consumed while seated, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Contact details are to be collected in all restaurants, including bars and clubs, discos and dance halls.

Home office recommendation:

  • The Federal Council has added a paragraph on working from home to the Special Situation COVID-19 Ordinance.
  • Employers are now required to observe the recommendation by the Federal Office of Public Health for employees to work from home.
  • This will prevent large numbers of people coming together, particularly at peak times, and reduce close contact in the workplace.
  • It will also reduce the risk of a whole work team having to go into quarantine if one member becomes infected with COVID-19.


Coworking Space

  • Impact Hub Basel will stay open for members and public;
  • Food and drinks may only be consumed while seated, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Contact details must be given at the host desk.

Café spurlos

  • Our Zero Waste Café will stay open for members and for public;
  • Food and drinks may only be consumed while seated, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Contact details must be given to the Café.


  • Our planned events are being evaluated case by case if they will be in-person, hybrid or completely online;
  • All events taking place in-person or hybrid follow our strict Events Safety Concept;
  • In all cases of in-person or hybrid events, contact details of all participants will be collected.

Face masks

  • are mandatory:
    • on the whole of the ground floor, including the main entrance, Café spurlos inside and outside space and gallery
  • are not mandatory:
    • on the 1st and 2nd floor if distance can be maintained while sitting, standing and walking.