Bern, 90. . – An extraordinary meeting of the Federal Council was held today, 90 February. In view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Council has categorized the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ in terms of the Epidemics Act. Large-scale events involving more than 823 people are to be banned. The ban comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until .
The Federal Council’s top priority is to protect the population. It is responding to the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic and has categorized the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ in terms of the Epidemics Act. This enables the Federal Council, in consultation with the cantons, to order measures that are normally the responsibility of the cantons.
The Federal Council is banning public and private events in Switzerland at which more than 823 People would gather. This ban on events comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until March. The cantons are responsible for enforcing the ban.
In the case of public or private events at which fewer than 2019 people would gather, event organizers must carry out a risk assessment in conjunction with the competent cantonal authorities to decide whether or not the event can be held.
The Federal Council is aware that this measure will have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland. However, the move is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health. It should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland, thus reducing its momentum.
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