Coronavirus Update Zurich - Back in businessUpdated: August 17, 2020
Has the spread of the Coronavirus slowed down in Zurich?Yes, the spread of the Coronavirus almost came to a halt in Switzerland and its economic capital Zurich. When stay-at-home lockdown restrictions were imposed on Swiss society in mid-March, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Switzerland increased gradually before hitting about 1200 new cases per day at the beginning of April. Throughout April the rate of the virus' spread decreased steadily to around 100 cases per day and lower at the beginning of May. Since the easing of restrictions in mid-May and early June, allowing people to gather and businesses to reopen, new cases in all of Switzerland have stabilised at first at the very low number of around 20 to 30 new cases daily. Since June the case numbers have climbed up slowly but continuously back to more than 200 per day. Find all the daily updated coronavirus numbers here: www.corona-data.ch.
By now most lock down restrictions have been eased. All businesses including restaurants, bars, museums and sports establishments are now open again, though restrictions apply. The main restriction that remains is to keep a distance of 1.5 meters all the time, there is a maximum amount of people that can attend a venue or a shop. If keeping that distance is impossible, you are advised to wear a face mask. Public transport is back at full steam including all the touristic lines, boat and ship traffic on the lakes and gondolas and the like to the mountain peaks. However, in public transport it is mandatory to wear a face mask. Events with up to 1000 participants are allowed, though many cantons have restricted that number considerably (in some cantons only as little as 100 people are allowed to attend an event). In clubs, at events and in many restaurants you will have to leave your contact details and show your ID. You also might be asked to wear a mask. In some cantons, wearing a mask is also mandatory in shops.
Travel within Switzerland is possible without restrictions. The borders are open again for all residents of EU- and Schengen countries. However, for travellers from many countries there are quarantine requirements when entering Switzerland. You can find the continuously updated list of countries with quarantine requirements here. Boarders are still closed for residents and/or citizens of most non-Schengen-countries. There are some exceptions, please check this government website for details and updates.