Switzerland: Government Shortens Quarantine and Isolation Period, Proposes Extending Validity of COVID-19 Measures to March
On January 12, 2022, the Swiss Federal Council (government) decided to shorten from 10 days to five days the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine period for persons who have been infected or have had close contact with an infected person. The amendment of the COVID-19 Special Situation Ordinance entered into force the next day, January 13. People who are vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or carry out an activity that is of high importance to society and for which there is an acute shortage of staff are exempt from the quarantine requirement. (COVID-19 Special Situation Ordinance art. 7, para. 2.) According to the Federal Council press release , the reason for the shorter isolation and quarantine period is that the interval between infection and transmission of the virus is shorter for the Omicron variant. Furthermore, the Federal Council proposed extending the validity of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 adopted on December 17, 2021 , to March 31, 2022. The measures were set to expire on January 24, 2022. Among other rules, the measures adopted in December make the 2G ( geimpft, genesen ) rule mandatory for certain indoor settings, meaning they may be entered only by people who can prove that they are either vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19; restrict private indoor gatherings to 10 people if at least one person over the age of 16 is unvaccinated or has not recovered, or to a maximum of 30 people otherwise; restrict private outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 50 people; and require people to work from home. A final decision on extending the measures will be made on January 17, 2022. Lastly, the Federal Council proposed shortening the validity of COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates from 365 days to 270 days. The Swiss cantons (states) will be consulted on this proposal. It is slated to enter into force on February 1, 2022. COVID-19 Vaccination and Infection Numbers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein As of January 13, 2022 , 69.36% of the eligible population had been vaccinated at least once, 67.72% had been fully vaccinated, and 32.28% had received a booster shot. As of January 12, 2022, there were 312,885 active COVID-19 cases and 12,104 individuals had died .