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Reminder of the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

At the request of the Swiss and French authorities, CERN would like to remind you of the importance of carefully observing the following rules, which were introduced with the aim of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.


The Swiss Federal Council has taken various measures, the validity of which has been extended by one week to Sunday, 26 April, in particular:

  • The closure of all facilities accessible to the public, with the exception of shops selling food and other essential goods.
  • The recommendation that everyone should stay at home as much as possible, in particular those who are ill or aged over 65, and that people leave home only to go to work, to see a doctor, to shop or to help someone else.
  • A ban on gatherings of more than five people in public spaces and the requirement to maintain a distance of at least two metres between people at smaller gatherings.
  • A ban on non-emergency operations and treatments at hospitals, clinics and medical and dental practices.

For more information, please see Ordinance 2 on measures to combat the coronavirus dated 13 March 2020 and the recommendations and advice issued by the Federal Office of Public Health, in particular:


The French government has implemented confinement measures that will remain in force until 11 May 2020.

Leaving your home is prohibited except in the following cases and only if you are carrying the appropriate certificate:

  • Travel between your home and your place of work.
  • Travel to purchase supplies required for professional purposes or essential goods for personal use.
  • Medical consultations and treatments that cannot be done remotely and cannot be postponed to a later date.
  • Travel for urgent family reasons, to assist vulnerable people or for childcare purposes.
  • Short trips, for individual physical exercise or to exercise a pet, up to a maximum of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometre of your home.
  • Responding to a judicial or administrative summons.
  • Participation in activities in the public interest, at the request of an administrative authority.

For more information, please see the websites of the French Interior Ministry and the French public health authority. A free telephone number is also available: 0 800 130 000.

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