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  • 2022-01-13 12:00 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Due to the increasing caseload of CoViD patients in hospitals and the recent discovery of the more infectious Variant of Concern (VOC) "omicron", the Federal Council has successively strengthened measures to slow the circulation of the Corona virus.  In its media conference on Tuesday, January 11th, the Federal Council proposed shortening the validity of CoViD certificates and extending the current pandemic countermeasures (which are due to expire on January 24th) until March 31st. Depending on feedback from the cantonal authorities, thes changes will take effect on February 1st.

    In addition, the quarantine or isolation period for people testing positive for CoViD and their close contacts has been shortened from 10 days to 5 days, effective Thursday, January 13th.  A summary of the changes can be found in this press release.  An overview of current measures is provided on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), but the revision of quarantine regulations has not yet been published.  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found here.  There is also a Federal information hotline: +41 58 463 00 00.


    Masks are now required in all publicly accessible indoor spaces and in public transportation.  In addition access to public indoor spaces is limited to those certified as vaccinated against or recovered from CoViD-19 (2G).  Exceptions *to the mask-wearing requirement* include:

    • Children under 12
    • People sitting in bars and restaurant to eat or drink
    • Groups of less than 30 which meet regularly
    • Singers rehearsing or performing, if 2G+ is applied (see below)
    • Speakers at events
    • Venues (other than workspaces) with a 2G+ requirement, (2G certificate + negative test if recovery or vaccination is more than 4 months ago).
    See this FOPH page for details.


    A certificate is now required for all publicly accessible indoor spaces, excepting private venues. Even for private venues, certificates are recommended for groups of more than 10.  Certificates are also required for those over 16 at outdoor events with more than 300 participants.

    Certificates for a negative antigen test are now valid for only 24 hours.  Certificates for a negative PCR test are valid for 72 hours, but the results may take up to 36 hours to process.  Most venues now require certificates which are based on vaccination or recovery from CoViD-19 (2G), excluding certificates based on negative  CoViD tests.  In general, the wearing of masks is also required (see above).  In addition they may require a negative CoViD test if the last vaccination or recovery from CoViD is more than 4 months ago.

    Further information on the CoViD certificate can be found on this page.  The certificate can be obtained on paper or registered in the "Covid Cert" app, which is available in the  Apple App Store (for iPhones and iPads), in the Google Play Store (for Android smartphones and tablets) and also in the Huawei AppGallery.  Like the COVID Certificate app, the COVID Certificate Check app is also available for download free of charge from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Huawei AppGallery.

    Obtaining the certificate itself is managed by the individual Cantons.  In Zug it is obtained as follows:

    • Those who have recovered from CoViD or were vaccinated abroad should fill out and submit a BAG form.
    • Those who have already received two vaccinations before June 21st should have been notified by post or by SMS how to obtain a certificate.
    • Those who receive their second vaccinated on June 21st or later will receive a certificate onsite directly upon vaccination.
    • Certificates for negative antigen or PCR tests will also be issued onsite upon testing as of June 21st.  No certification is available for self-tests.
    • Those who haven't received the certificate for their vaccinations in the Canton of Zug or who have problems with the federal form for recovered patients should fill out this form from the Canton of Zug.
    Details of the procedure in Zug are available on the Zug Health Department website.


    Zug offers first vaccinations to everyone age 12 and above, including non-residents (e.g. commuters who work in Zug) without appointment at the vaccination center in Baar, which is open from 12:00 to 18:30, seven days a week. You can also register for an appointment.  In addition, if you are over 16 and your original vaccination(s) are more than 4 months old, you can register for a booster shot. Vaccinations with Pfizer/Biontech have been approved for children over 5.  However, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 is currently recommended only for children with risk factors, although millions of children in this age group have already been vaccinated in the U.S. without ill effects.  More information and links to registration forms can be found here.  For information about vaccinations for young children in the Canton of Zug, please telephone  +41 41 531 48 00. For vaccinations elsewhere in Switzerland, please consult this page.  The Federal information hotline for vaccinations is reachable at +41 58 377 88 92.

    The Swiss Health Department (Bundesamt für Gesundheit, BAG) has extended the recommendation for CoViD-19 vaccination to pregnant women (in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters) and nursing mothers. The available evidence clearly indicates that the benefits of vaccination for both mother and child far outweigh any risks.  Their is no clear contraindication for vaccination during the first trimester of pregnancy, but the data for this group is not yet extensive enough for an official recommendation.

    Two vaccines have received temporary approval for use in Switzerland.   The New England Journal  of Medicine (NEJM) has published extensive information about the available vaccines.  It is possible that the seasonal flu vaccine will provide some cross-immunity, particularly for those who have received the vaccine annually over a long period of time.


    In addition to certification of recovery or vaccination or recovery (2G), indoor events or venues where mask-wearing is impractible also require a negative CoViD test if the infection or vaccination is more than 4 months ago.  Venues may also require tests in addition to 2G certification at their own discretion.  School children are tested regularly in the Canton of Zug, and the federal government is still funding individual PCR tests for anyone with symptoms as well as pooled tests organized by camps, schools, employers etc. You can be tested at the Andreas Clinic in Cham, at the Zuger Kantonsspital in Baar, at many family physician's practices or at one of  the following pharmacies, but an appointment must be reserved in advance.

    • Apotheke Drogerie Moll in the Zugerland shopping center in Steinhausen and in Unterägeri
      Reserve an appointment at
    • Amavita Apotheke Zug
      Reserve an appointment here or by phone (058 878 24 50)
    The OneDoc website can help you find other test centers and reserve an appointment.
    The Federal Council has stopped funding individual tests which are not motivated by symptoms, a doctor's recommendation or an exposure notification from the CoViD app effective 10 October. Please see this Health Department web page for further details.

    Further Information

    For the latest news and authoritative information on CoViD-19, please consult the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)COVID-19 Information for Switzerland has excellent visualizations of the latest available data for Switzerland.  Another good source of statistics for Switzerland is this page (in German) from the Tages-Anzeiger, which is updated daily.  A good source of visualizations of international data is Our World in Data.

    The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has also launched a website summarizing the recent statistics. An overview of the current measures and a list of FAQ are posted here More detailed information on Federal regulations and recommendations can be found here.  There are also restrictions which apply to those arriving from other countries.

    Many misconceptions about the virus and measures against it are in circulation.  Please refer to the WHO Myth-Busters page and the Wikipedia page, "COVID-19 misinformation" for details.  The independent British fact-checker is also a good source of verified information about CoViD-19 / SARS-CoV2.  Their website also includes some good tips for assessing the veracity of information yourself.

  • 2021-10-30 11:40 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Last night four of us enjoyed a presentation in English by Dr. Jürg Meister on the history of shipping in the Canton of Zug.  The tour took place after hours  in the public archive of Zug, in a small exhibit which was organized by Heinz Amstad, Managing Director of the Zug Shipping Agency (Schiffs-Agentur), to celebrate the 100th birthday of the MS Schwan (the Swan) The MS Schwan was built in Hamburg and purchased a few years later to ply the Ägerisee as the "Morgarten". It was subsequently employed on the Thunersee, on the Brienzerse (as the "Harder") and finally replaced another ship named MS Schwan on the Zugersee.  The Schawn sank in 2013 during a storm, but was subsequently raised and restored at great expense.

    The steamship era began in Switzerland in the early 19th century with flush-deck steamboats.  It started  on Lake Geneva, where people with money lived and vacationed.  It only reached the much poorer and smaller Canton of Zug later, motivated by the need to transport tourists from Zug to visit Rigi.  The exhibit includes a half-dozen models of ships exemplifying the history of shipping on Zug's lakes.  They are on loan from Erich Liechti, a passionate model builder who has built over 160 ship models. He and Jürg Meister are co-authors of numerous books (in German) on the history of shipping in Switzerland, many of which can be ordered through the Shipping Agency.

    Please see our Gallery for some photos of the tour and exhibit.  Those who missed the tour can still see the exhibit until Nov. 11th. The last public tour (in German) will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4th at 17:00.  Please see the Shipping Agency website for more information.

  • 2021-04-29 17:00 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    The City of Zug's Building Department invites input to the second phase of the development concept which is currently in planning.  If you live, work or attend classes in the city of Zug, please click the link on this web page to provide your input by 30 April. The survey is available in both English and German.  Participants can win one of 10 Pro Zug vouchers worth CHF 100 each.

  • 2021-02-08 19:30 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Enterprises founded since Jan. 1st 2017 can apply for consideration in the contest for the Zuger Jungunternehmer Preis 2021 up to April 4th 2021.  Eight finalists will be invited to present their businesses in the Dreiklang Zentrum Steinhausen on May 27th, starting at 17:00.  Prize winners will be awarded prizes of CHF 5'000, CHF 2'000 and CHF 1'000 sponsored by the Technology Forum Zug (tfz). Contestants can also win a prize sponsored by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). Even those who do not win a prize will profit from the media attention.  The application form (in German) can be found here.

  • 2020-12-10 11:40 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Here is some year-end news from Zug's Department of Economic Affairs.

  • 2020-12-06 11:09 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Zug Tourism is offering traditional local seasonal gifts, such as Zuger Kirsch, cherrystone cushions or gift baskets of local products in their webshop at a 10% discount until Dec. 15th 2020.  Just use the voucher code "Christmas" when ordering.

  • 2020-04-10 11:47 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)
    Residents of Canton Zug with an annual income of less than CHF 120,000 (according to salary certificate/s) who don't own stocks, shares or have complex financial asset structures can get their tax returns completed at the Fachstelle Migration Zug for a modest fee.   Please see the FMZ website for further information, including suggestions for those who don't meet the FMZ criteria.


Current Newsletter

  • January - March 2022: In this Newsletter there's an article by Remo on the use of coffee pulp to help forest restoration, an article on battery technology by myself, a snapshot of the latest Covid measures by Roger as well as the final installment of his Douro trip, Joe's start of ski season article and Christian's investment commentary. All this in addition to the usual review of past events and the Humour section.
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