As in other European countries Switzerland has a high number of new infections and deaths from COVID-19. On 13th January the Federal government announced a tightening of restrictions in anticipation of a fast rise in infections due to the same mutations found in the UK. From Monday 18th January until 28th February all work is to be performed from home office wherever possible. People at risk are to work at home or not work at all, and in the latter case will be compensated in full. Masks must be worn on public transport, in shops, offices and all other public areas both indoors and outdoors (wherever safe distancing is not possible) throughout Switzerland. All restaurants, clubs, bars, cafés and sport facilities, and all shops not providing daily provisions are closed. A maximum of 5 people can gather for meetings, all socially distanced. Further restrictions apply in some cantons. Anyone entering from a high risk county must quarantine for 10 days, and Switzerland is also now considered a high risk by many other countries.
How does the Coronavirus affect you as an employer or employee in Switzerland? What are your legal rights and how do you stay healthy while avoiding financial or legal pitfalls?
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