UPDATED – 15 April – new info in PINK.
HELPFUL RESOURCES, WEBSITES AND TIPS DURING SELF-ISOLATION GENEVA
by Chené Koscielny
As the novelty of self-quarantine and self-isolation starts to wear off and we realise we may be here for a while, we have to change the way we eat, shop, learn, work and entertain ourselves.
There is a massive overload of info on the web at the moment, so in this article we focus on ideas in Geneva that we’ve found useful and, where possible, we put forward local businesses – as they need our support right now.
Most importantly – PLEASE take this seriously for everyone’s sake – #STAYHOME
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ALSO read our other articles for tips on self-isolation in Geneva:
LASTEST NEWS UPDATES IN ENGLISH
Study in Switzerland is working hard to create a central place with all the current data updated daily, sometimes more. On this website you will find clear information of number of cases, deaths, recovered and much more.
For updates from the Swiss Government regarding the COVID-19 download their app. AlertSwiss.
Click Here for more information
VOLUNTEER GROUPS IN GENEVA
Coronavirus Geneva Entraide
A Facebook group already counting 7000 members created to allow people to offer help to seniors and other vulnerable people, as well as general offers of assistance – for example one person has made his garden available for people who need to walk their dogs and don’t have a garden.
Geneva Friends – if you need help from volunteers, you can fill in a form on this site and volunteers will help you. genevafriends.com/
The application Hilf Jetzt in Switzerland facilitates the creation of volunteer groups.
The FIVE UP Swiss Red Cross app puts volunteers and people in need in touch.
Finding toilet paper in Geneva is still hit and miss.
The stock is there, but because of panic buying the shelves empty very quickly after a delivery. Some stores are starting to restrict purchases to one package per customer. This is what we recently discovered on our trip to our local Migros this morning.
You can try smaller stores and service stations too.
SMOOD is delivering grocery shopping from Migros.
Ouicycle – delivers fresh food and vegetables to your door
Farmy.ch – fresh food delivery and other products – fully booked till April.
Ugly Fruit – free delivery of organic food throughout Switzerland at the moment
YAMO – bio food for babies and toddler
Espace Terroir – offer local produce including fruit and veg baskets, bread, meat, beer, wine, olive oil, lemonade etc.
Butcher in Geneva that does delivery in Geneva and surroundings
If you’d like to cook your own food and be inspired:
Delivery of ingredients with its recipes all over Switzerland
Delivery of ingredients with its recipes Geneva until Lausanne
Delivery of non-food items such as printer ink. They have toilet paper!
You can now order your food online from MANOR in Geneva and delivery is free at this point.
You can order your favorite teas, biscuits, an chocolate from Barton. See details on their website by CLICKING HERE.
SMOOD is reliable and delivers to a wider area of Geneva than many of the other food delivery companies. They also have an enormous collection of restaurants.
Ubereats also offer meals from local restaurants.
Use code FREEDELIVERY31 for free delivery until MARCH 31.
NIKS FUDO – will provide home-cooked meals from international cuisines – different menu every day – delivered to your door.
Offering free delivery on a min order of 45chf. Also a 10% discount for delivery.
COFFEE, CAKE AND ICE-CREAM
How will we ever get through this without these luxuries?
Haagen Dasz Geneva is offering delivery of ice-cream, waffles, muffins, brownies and other delights.
For Haagen Dasz delivery CLICK HERE
Christie’s Bakery – Our favourite Russian baker has turned online and is offering her usual menu, including delicious cakes and stunning birthday cakes – should you be facing a birthday in quarantine!
@christies_bakery on instagram
Buy your filter coffee bags from their online shop
WINE AND BEER
This, as far as we’re concerned, is one of the most important links.
We couldn’t cope without our daily dose. Don’t judge!
Wine delivery- free delivery during the Corona virus crisis
Wine Delivery- Free delivery of “KIT DE SURVIE” during Corona Virus Crisis
Many institutions are offering their shows, performances or tours online. Here’s our list:
Cirque Du Soleil is bringing one of their performances online for our viewing safely in our homes. They have done a great job of recording this so it feels like the performers are right there in your living room!
MAH online collections. Delve into the treasures of the MAH collections and discover a selection of twenty works of art and historical artefacts. You will find masterpieces of Swiss and European art, treasures from Antiquity and exceptional examples of Swiss watchmaking and enamelling know-how. And, of course, there are exhibits bearing witness to the history of Geneva such as the piece of Savoyard armour, a trophy from the famous Escalade of 1602, or the Relief Magnin, a model of the city as it was in 1850.
Missing your museum trips? This link provides virtual tours of museums around the world.
List of Museums CLICK HERE
Were you set for a holiday trip over Easter? Well, unfortunately we have all had to cancel our Easter holiday plans. This link will allow you to travel around the world free from the comfort of your home.
More information below for Theme Parks, Zoos, Aquariums and more museums.
Click here for list.
In need of some spiritual care during this time? Or maybe this is just a place you always wanted to check out. Take a virtual tour of the Vatican.
Here’s a link with kids in mind including a kids’ museum and farm. Some great variety for all interests!
Something a little more local. The Montreux Jazz Festival is sharing sounds from these concerts free of charge for 30 days.
Montreux Jazz Festival
Here’s a list for bringing big landmarks into your home – including the Empire State Building, The Great Wall China.
Click here for list
LISTEN TO NATURE
WOMEN ROCK SWITZERLAND
Great English Facebook group run by local volunteers – with loads of ideas from cooking to interior design to working from home to Corona virus humour.
This Facebook group have also created a group specifically for the Geneva’s Old Town residents to help coordinate assisting neighbours in this neighbourhood.
Women Rock Facebook Group
STAYING FIT LOCALLY – support locals!
BOOTCAMP STYLE WORKOUTS
We like Rockforcefusion – Jameel usually can be found teaching one-on-one fitness classes or bootcamp-style group sessions in Parc Bastion.
Read our review about Jameel CLICK HERE.
Catch his live instagram classes during the confinement period on his instagram account @rokforcefusion
Chené – founder of thingstodoingeneva.ch and a 500 hours qualified yoga teacher, is teaching free or donation-based yoga classes online in English during the confinement period.
Her classes are around 1 hour long and open and accessible to everyone, including beginners. Monday and Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings.
Email email@example.com for more information about times and classes.
Leman Bleu is offering evening courses on their TV channel free Monday-Friday. Plus practice your French at the same time!
CLEANING AND DECLUTTERING
Is your cluttered environment getting to you? Drowning under rubbish?
Inga from Home in Balance is offering 45 minutes free of virtual de-cluttering and organizing sessions to anyone in Geneva and neighbouring France.
Read our review about Inga’s amazing services here. CLICK HERE
FOR YOUR ANIMALS
Good news for people with pets – the veterinary clinics around Geneva are still open for consultations– self-distancing rules apply, of course – and some have reduced their opening hours and have limited their services to providing food and medication for animals and emergencies.