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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Helpline in Nidwalden

A special helpline is available for the population of Nidwalden:

COVID-19 helpline canton nidwalden
phone 041 618 43 34 (Monday-Friday 8.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00)
e-mail: helpline@nw.ch

Information on measures

Masks compulsory

  • Public transport (including public transport platforms, railway stations, airports or other public transport access points)
  • Publicly accessible buildings and their outdoor areas. 
  • Public space, where keeping a distance is not possible, for example in busy pedestrian areas
  • Teachers from kindergartens, for pupils from secondary level II.
  • When working indoors where there is more than one person in a room. 

Events and meetings

Events with more than 50 participants are prohibited. This applies, for example, to club activities or museum tours, but also to events with family or friends that take place in an establishment open to the public, e.g. in the hall of a restaurant.

  • Special rules apply to events with an audience.
  • Special rules apply to individual events, especially religious and political events.

The following applies to events with an audience:

  • Inside max. 100 visitors.
  • Outside max. 300 visitors.

Private meetings and parties:
For events with friends and family (e.g. meetings and parties), the permitted number of people is limited. Children are counted in this number.  

  • Rule indoors: A maximum of 30 people are allowed.
  • Rule outside: A maximum of 50 people are allowed.

Public transport, cable cars (masks compulsory)

Bus and train services, mountain railways and cable cars as well as boat services on Lake Lucerne are in operation, but in some cases still operate according to a reduced timetable. Please obtain information directly from the respective transport companies and consult the online timetable before each journey. As far as the use of public transport is concerned, the FOPH's hygiene regulations should be followed. Persons over the age of 12 will have to wear a mask in public transports. 

Gastronomy & Shops

  • Restaurants can also reoccupy the tables inside. The following applies: spacing or partitioning, a maximum of four people per table, collection of contact details of all guests and compulsory seating. On the terrace, tables of 6 are now possible.
  • No mask has to be worn at the table, but anyone moving around the restaurant - inside and outside - must wear a mask. Masks are compulsory for staff.
  • Discotheques and dance halls will remain closed.

The restaurants of Nidwalden are doing everything for your safety and look forward to your visit. Protection concept for the hospitality industry COVID-1

Shops and service establishments: 

  • The number of customers allowed in shops and service establishments is limited.
  • Markets may be held indoors and outdoors. However, fairs are still prohibited.

Sports and cultural acitvities

Sport: 

  • in the amateur area, a maximum of 50 may play sport together.
  • The public is allowed.
  • Competitions of team sports are only allowed outdoors.
  • Contact sports such as couple dancing or swinging are permitted indoors without a mask only in consistent groups of four.
  • The space allowance for quiet indoor sports (e.g. yoga) is adjusted from 15 to 10 square metres per person.

Culture: 

  • Analogous to the rules in sports, the maximum group size in culture is also increased to 50 persons.
  • Performances by amateur cultural practitioners are possible again. The rules for public events apply.
  • The space requirement for brass bands will be adjusted from 25 to 10 square metres per person.
  • Choral concerts are again permitted outdoors, in the amateur and professional sectors.

Travel restrictions

Persons arriving in Switzerland from certain countries are required to go into quarantine. For further information, consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). There are no travel restrictions in Lucerne or within the Lake Lucerne Region.

Clean & Safe: Safety measures

As a travel destination, Switzerland offers not only pristine nature but also safety and a good health system. The country’s tourism service providers are also taking special measures to protect their guests, ensuring they enjoy their stay in Switzerland. The safety protocols of the individual sectors can be found here.

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