GearPoint & Covid-19


Understandably with the increased numbers of effected we are monitoring the situation and  advising via our webpages events that may be postponed or cancelled.


We are monitoring the WHO and Swiss Government information and  its latest advice.  It is becoming clearer that this outbreak isn’t going to last just a couple of weeks, but is going to be an unprecedented long haul challenge.  The Government have estimated that the Switzerland is approximately four weeks behind where Italy currently is, and that coronavirus infections will continue to increase through March and April until an estimated peak in May and June.  Although the Swiss Government has banned large gatherings at this stage over 1000 people, we expect that travel and event restrictions will be introduced as cases reach their peak.  There have been 6 deaths to date (12/03/2020).  


The top priority for the Swiss Federal Council is the health of the public.

The aim should be to make sure that people are better protected from the novel coronavirus, especially those who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill. We can all help by following the recommendations (both the new ones and those issued previously):

  • Keep your distance – for example: Protect elderly people by keeping adequate distance from them; Keep your distance when queuing or waiting in line; Keep your distance at meetings.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.

  • Avoid shaking hands.

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm.

  • If you have a high temperature and a cough, stay at home.

  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.


We know this will be hugely disappointing for many people who were hoping to come to our events and we apologize immensely for the inconvenience caused.  

Stay safe and healthy.


Events, activities and establishments

The Federal Council has banned public and private events. This also includes sporting events and club activities. All establishments open to the public will be closed. This applies to the following:

  • Shops and markets

  • Restaurant establishments

  • Bars, discotheques, night clubs and erotic establishments

  • Entertainment and leisure establishments; namely museums, libraries, cinemas, concert venues, theatres, casinos, sports centres, fitness centres, swimming pools, wellness centres/spas, ski resorts, botanical gardens, zoos and wildlife parks

  • Establishments with personal services involving physical contact, such as hairdressers/barbers, massage parlours, tattoo and cosmetic studios


The ban does not apply to the following establishments and events:

  • Food stores and other shops, provided they offer food and articles for everyday use (e.g. kiosks and filling station shops)

  • Takeaway establishments, workplace canteens, meal delivery services and restaurants for hotel guests

  • Pharmacies, drugstores and shops selling medical aids and equipment (e.g. eyeglasses and hearing aids)

  • Post offices and sub-post offices

  • Sales outlets of telecommunications providers

  • Banks

  • Filling stations

  • Railway stations and other public transport facilities

  • Transport/vehicle workshops

  • Public administration

  • Social services (e.g. shelters, drop-in centres, etc.)

  • Funerals with close family

  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics and medical practices, and practices and establishments run by health professionals under the terms of federal and cantonal law

  • Hotels

These establishments must adhere to the rules of hygiene and behaviour. This can mean, for example, that the number of people present must be limited to meet the distancing requirements.

In certain situations cantons may allow exceptions to this ban on a restrictive basis. For such exceptions to be granted there has to be an overriding public interest (for example for education and training establishments, and in the event of supply problems), and comprehensive protective measures must be adhered to.

This arrangement applies until 19 April 2020.


17th March 2020

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