COVID-19 alarm level 4 goes into effect: stricter rules starting Monday 19 October

Today, the Consultative Committee considered the worrying epidemiological situation, with the entire country at alert level 4 (very high alert) on the basis of the COVID-19 barometer.

The pressure on hospitals and on the continuity of non-COVID-19 care is increasing. Some hospitals are faced with staff unable to come into work. There is also increased pressure on primary healthcare, in particular general practitioners.

The number of COVID patients in ICUs today is 2.5 times higher than at the end of March.

Consultation Committee decides on stricter measures and appoints COVID-19 commissioner

The federal government and the minister-presidents of the federated entities today examined the epidemiological situation of COVID-19. The Consultation Committee deems the situation particularly serious and has therefore decided to bolster the hygiene measures. The Consultation Committee has also appointed a COVID-19 commissioner.

1) Reinforced measures

Measures taken by the National Security Council of 23 September 2020

Launch of the Risk Management Strategy: Accountability of Citizens

The National Security Council, expanded to include the Minister-Presidents, met to discuss the work carried out by Celeval, which was asked to develop a longer-term approach to health risk management.

You can read the measures on the Prime Minister's website

More information: