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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

  • The obligation to wear masks in outdoor areas of publicly accessible facilities, leisure facilities and restaurant terraces, is lifted. 
  • However, the recommendations of the FOPH still apply: where a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, a mask should be worn.
  • In indoor areas, a general obligation to wear a mask continues to apply.
  • The obligation to wear masks at work is abolished; employers still have the duty to protect workers. They decide where and when it is necessary to wear a mask at the workplace.
  • The federal government is also abolishing the obligation to wear masks at upper secondary level. The cantons are once again responsible for measures.

Events and meetings

Events with certificate: 

  • For events to which access is restricted to persons with a Covid certificate, no restrictions now apply, not even for large events.
  • A protection concept must specify, among other things, how access is restricted to persons with a certificate.
  • Events with 1000 persons or more require a cantonal permit.

Events without a certificate: 

  • If the audience is seated, a maximum of 1000 visitors can attend - inside and outside.
  • If people are standing or moving, then a maximum of 250 visitors can be admitted inside and 500 outside.
  • The capacity of the venue can be used up to two thirds - inside and outside.
  • Inside: masks are compulsory and consumption is only permitted in restaurant areas; at the seating area only if contact details are collected.
  • Outside: no mask requirement.
  • Events and concerts at which visitors dance are prohibited.

At private events, a maximum of 30 people can still gather in private indoor areas and a maximum of 50 people in outdoor areas.

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

  • Shops, leisure businesses or sports facilities can operate at full capacity. Water parks can reopen.


  • In restaurants, the restriction on the number of people per table will be lifted.
  • In indoor areas, seating is compulsory during consumption as before, and the distance between groups must be maintained. Contact details must still be collected, but one contact per group is sufficient. The mask must also continue to be worn, except when guests are seated at the table.
  • In outdoor areas, the restriction on the size of guest groups and the obligation to sit when consuming will be lifted. The distance between the groups of guests must also be maintained here. Contact details no longer have to be collected outside.

Discotheques and dance clubs will be allowed to reopen if access is restricted to Covid-certified persons. As with all establishments where access is restricted to Covid-certified persons, the mask requirement is waived.

Sports and cultural acitvities

Sport and culture: 

  • There are now no restrictions for people who engage in sporting or cultural activities in outdoor areas.
  • For indoor activities, contact details must be collected. The obligation to wear a mask, the obligation to keep the distance as well as the capacity restrictions are abolished.

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.