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Covid-19

Description of the measures taken to achieve “social distancing” (curfew, lockdown, mandatory shop closures, duration etc.) and how these measures are accepted by the public

A curfew is actually not planned. However, the Federal Council recommends to only leave the home if absolutely necessary (i.e. to purchase groceries). People who are over the age of 65 or who have an underlying medical condition are even strongly advised not to leave the house under any circumstances except to see a doctor. Gatherings in public spaces of more than five people are prohibited. If five or fewer people meet, they must maintain a distance of two metres from one another. Public events and private events are banned. Classroom teaching is banned at schools, universities and other educational institutions. Publicly accessible establishments shall be closed to the public. This applies especially to the following: shops, restaurants, bars, leisure and entertainment businesses (i.e. museums, concerts). This ban does not apply to establishments who provide the essential goods and services, such as food stores, pharmacies, post offices and bank. These establishments must follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. All these measures are expected to be in force until 19 April 2020. The vast majority of the population adheres to the measures and stays strictly at home as the Federal Council has observed.