Current situation in Valais

Page updated on 20.11.2020. The current measures will remain in place up to and including 13 December 2020.

• It is compulsory to wear a mask in all enclosed places accessible to the public, apart from a few exceptions, and also in outdoor spaces such as terraces of restaurants and bars, shop forecourts, markets and Christmas markets.

• Wearing a mask is also compulsory in very busy pedestrian areas and wherever the concentration of people does not allow individuals to maintain the required distance between each other.

• It is also compulsory on all public transport in Switzerland, at stations (including on platforms and in underpasses), at airports, bus and tram stops, in all lift facilities (including ski lifts), and in all queues and gathering places (counters, bus stops, etc.).

• Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from having to wear a mask.

• Public eating and drinking establishments (restaurants, breweries that open on occasion, bars and cafes – including those attached to bakeries, petrol stations and railway stations, in hotels and at campsites) are closed to the public. 

Subject to the following exceptions: 
- home food delivery and distribution services, until 10 pm only; 
- markets at which eating and drinking on site is forbidden; 
- take-aways with counter service and social distancing measures, only to 10 pm;
- restaurants attached to hotels, but exclusively for the use of residents and in line with the tightened health regulations: compulsory masks, also for staff; clients seated, maximum 4 people per table unless they all live in the same household, with 1.5 m separating people seated at different tables in the absence of other protection measures (Plexiglas).

• Leisure venues such as cinemas, theatres, museums, gyms, swimming pools, thermal spas, etc. are closed. 

• Late-night bars, night clubs, discotheques, strip bars and comparable or similar places are completely closed. 

• Gatherings of more than 10 people in public places and in private are forbidden. 

• Travellers arriving from certain regions must go into quarantine on arrival in Switzerland. Further information and a list of countries with a high risk of infection are available on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). 

Covid-19 : Specific protection measures

Tourist service providers are putting in place specific measures to protect their guests and offer them a pleasant stay in Valais. These cover a variety of sectors including accommodation, restaurants, spas & wellness facilities, meeting venues, public transport (trains, buses and boats) and mountain rides (cable cars, funiculars, chairlifts, etc.).

Valais offers magnificent natural spaces in which visitors can relax, find new energy, enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities and savour delicious local produce.