The epidemiological situation in Switzerland remains extremely serious. The Federal Council has therefore called on cantons in which case numbers are increasing to take immediate action. It also decided at its meeting on 4 December to introduce new measures. The aim is to bring down the number of cases further still, particularly in the run-up to the festive period. Stricter rules for shops will come into effect on Wednesday, 9 December, and capacity in closed forms of transport at ski resorts will be restricted.