COVID-19 Update – National Christmas Measures
18 Dezember 2020 - Impact Hub Basel
Today, the Swiss Federal Council announced further nationwide measures. The infographic below shows the nationwide rules that apply from Tuesday, 22 December 2020 to Friday, 22 January 2021. In a nutshell, the regulations have blended in to the ones Basel Stadt has already in place. Therefore, in short, it’s pretty much the same as the last update.


EFFECTIVE 22.12.2020 – 22.01.2021

  • Restaurants will be closed. There are no exceptions for the holidays. Only company canteens, school canteens in compulsory schools and restaurants for hotel guests are allowed to remain open. TakeAway offers and delivery services remain allowed. 
  • Sports businesses will be closed. Sports can still be practiced outdoors in groups of up to five people. Professional games can still take place without spectators. Sports and cultural activities by children and young people before their 16th birthday are still permitted, with the exception of competitions.  
  • Cultural and leisure facilities will be closed. Museums, cinemas, libraries, casinos, botanical gardens and zoos as well as other cultural and leisure facilities will be closed. Cultural activities remain possible in small groups. Events with an audience remain prohibited. Alternative forms of events remain permitted, for example events broadcast online. 
  • The capacity of shops will be further restricted. The number of people who are allowed to be in shops at the same time is further restricted. The maximum number of people depends on the freely accessible retail space. In addition, strict protection concepts continue to apply in all shops. The opening hours restrictions remain in place: the shops must remain closed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and on Sundays and public holidays. 
  • Easements possible in individual cantons. Cantons with favorable epidemiological developments can decide to make it easier, for example to open restaurants and sports facilities. A number of reproductions that are less than 1 and a 7-day incidence that must be below the Swiss average are decisive here. 
  • Recommendation: stay at home. The population is encouraged to stay at home. People should keep their social contacts to a minimum and avoid unnecessary trips and excursions. The Federal Council wants to be able to quickly take further measures in the next few weeks if the situation worsens. They will follow the development continuously and will carry out an interim assessment on December 30, 2020 and take stock at the beginning of January.  
  • Cantons remain responsible for ski areas. The cantons remain responsible for the ski areas. However, strict requirements apply to operation: the epidemiological situation must allow operation and sufficient capacities must be ensured in the hospitals, for contact tracing and testing. Strict protection concepts must also be in place and their implementation must be ensured. If these requirements are not met, a canton may not grant a permit.  
  • Federal Council expands the use of rapid tests. So that the population can be tested even more easily, the Federal Council is expanding the use of rapid tests. It has decided to change the Covid-19 Ordinance 3 accordingly. It comes into force on December 21, 2020. So far, only rapid antigen tests using nasopharyngeal swabs have been recognized. In the future, all types of rapid tests that meet the criteria of the BAG may be carried out in pharmacies, hospitals, medical practices and test centers.  
  • Rapid tests even without symptoms. Rapid tests can now also be carried out on people without recognizable symptoms and outside the valid test criteria of the FOPH. For example, they can be integrated as additional protection in protection concepts in old people’s homes, hotels or at work. A negative result of a rapid test is only valid on the day of the test. So far, only people with symptoms were allowed to be tested after a report by the SwissCOVID app and as part of outbreak investigations that had been ordered. People or institutions that carry out a rapid test outside of the test criteria must pay for the rapid test themselves. Those who test positive should have a PCR test carried out immediately as confirmation. The reason for this is the higher probability of false positive results from such rapid tests. The federal government bears the costs for the PCR confirmation test. 
  • No substitute for hygiene and behavioral rules. Rapid tests are no substitute for the hygiene and behavioral rules of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). Hand hygiene, keeping your distance, wearing a mask and reducing contacts remain central measures to protect against infection and to combat the epidemic.
  • Extended mask requirement. You must wear a mask in all indoor spaces at work. Masks must be worn as soon as two people are in contact with each other at work, for example in open plan offices, multi-person offices and meeting rooms or jointly used rooms (shared workspaces, corridors, lifts, toilets, break rooms, etc.), as well as during meetings in individual offices. There is no requirement to wear a mask if you are working in a separate room or your workspace is located in a very large room and at a great distance from other workspaces (for example in a factory hall). There is also no requirement to wear a mask if for safety or medical reasons you cannot wear one.


For Impact Hub Basel, the extended mask requirement means that you will also have to wear a mask while sitting at the desk. When you enter the Hub, please respect the safety measures.

The Hub will be closed to the public and will not be hosted from 24.12.2020 – 03.01.2021. Members that are still allowed to enter the Hub know about the safety measures.

your Impact Hub Basel team