Rules for restaurants

As of Monday 13 September 2021, mandatory certification will apply inside restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and at indoor events. This decision was taken by the Federal Council on 8 September. The measure will remain in place until 24 January 2022.

  • The certificate requirement applies to persons aged 16 and over.
  • No certificate is required on terraces
  • Guests on terraces who do not have a certificate but need to use toilet facilities inside, for example, are required to wear a face mask. The same applies to guests who are waiting to collect take-away food
  • In places where a certificate is required, all other protective measures, such as the obligation to wear a mask, are waived.
  • The certificate requirement also applies to catering and leisure facilities in hotels. Certificates must be shown to access breakfast buffets, fitness rooms or indoor swimming pools, for example. Guests who only stay overnight in a hotel, on the other hand, are not subject to the certificate requirement. However, catering options for guests who do not have a certificate are restricted to room service. 
  • The Swiss Alpine Club, for example, has also confirmed a certificate requirement for overnight stays in mountain huts.

Further information on the certificate requirement is available here