22 April 2020 – Government decides against compulsory use of face masks except by medical professionals and those working in close contact with others

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Guidance
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Individual measures; Planning and strategy; Listening to scientists or health/other experts
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Federal Office of Public health

Overview: Governement refrains from compulsory use of face masks except by health professionals, etc (people working in close contact with others)
Full details here: https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-78874.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – academic, International – academic
Evidence/Justification: Synthesis of current body of knowledge about the value of using masks (protecting others but not one self…..)