Events with up to 300 delegates now possible in Switzerland

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Switzerland has launched its ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign to promote the safe reopening of the country for tourism and business.

The initiative was initiated by Switzerland Tourism (ST) as part of its post-COVID-19 recovery plan. As part of the initiative, the country’s tourism service providers, including venues, can be certified with the Clean & Safe label which indicates that the provider has taken measures to ensure guest safety. 

Switzerland Tourism has also built an information platform for prospective visitors to understand the exact health and safety precautions Switzerland is taking which have been laid out by the Swiss Government.

Switzerland’s way back the new normality:

With a relaxation on two sets of safety measures on 30 April and 11 May, Switzerland was able to move towards the new normality with hotels, museums, and restaurants resuming operations.

For incentive travellers, the mountain railways, lake navigation companies and tourist attractions were opened on 6 June and events for up to 300 people are now allowed to take place across Switzerland.

Switzerland also announced it will be reopening its borders with Austria, France and Germany on 15 June and for all other Schengen countries, the borders are set to open by 6 July.

Case study:

  • Event: The parliament of Canton Basel-Landschaft
  • Venue: Congress Center Basel
The parliament of Canton Basel-Landschaft generally meets in the government building in Liestal, and the parliament of Canton Basel-Stadt in the city hall on Marktplatz in Basel.

These special times, however, call for special measures and, for several weeks now, the two cantonal parliaments have been using the large “Montreal” auditorium and the “San Francisco” room at the Congress Center Basel (CCB). The parliaments are able to meet here while observing the current federal rules governing distance and hygiene.

A similar picture has emerged in Zurich, where the weekly meetings of the cantonal parliament and the Zurich city council have been switched to Messe Zurich. This, like Messe Basel and the CCB, belongs to the MCH Group. The relocation of politicians to the MCH Group’s spacious premises constitutes one example of an additional form of use.

Further examples are examinations involving a large number of candidates, where we are able to provide sufficient space, safety measures and technical equipment. The “numerus clausus” examinations in Basel and Zurich for university admission to certain subjects are thus being held in the MCH Group’s exhibition halls this year.

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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