Sweden follows Denmark and Norway: Opens up from 9 February.
The case is being updated
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson held a press conference on the abolition of corona measures on Thursday morning.
The Omikron wave hit Sweden with full force a few weeks after Denmark and Norway. But in the last month, the spread of infection has been violent. Sick leave is also at a record high in many companies.
Therefore, the government chose to extend the infection control measures (see below) until 9 February last week. Now they are announcing changes.
Andersson said at the press conference that they are removing the corona measures from 9 February. The government is asking employers to prepare for people being able to return to work.
The Prime Minister justified the change on the grounds that the vaccination coverage is high and that they have gained more knowledge about the omicron variant.
– It’s time to open up, Andersson said.
Sweden has in recent weeks had the following corona measures. It is valid until 9 February:
- There are restrictions on how many people can gather in public places. Where there are more than 20, everyone must have a seat and at least one meter between them.
- For events with more than 50 participants, a vaccination pass may be required.
- In restaurants, you can be a maximum of eight together, and there must be at least one meter between the companies. Only seated guests are allowed, and they must close no later than 23.
- There are a ceiling of 500 visitors at trade fairs.
- In stores and malls it can not be too many at a time. It must be at least 10 square meters per. person. The same applies to cultural events.
Will not count covid-19 as a socially critical disease
All these measures will be removed from 9 February. The Swedish government will soon propose that covid-19 is no longer considered a socially dangerous disease. Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren said that even though the infection “exploded” after the New Year, the number of dead and seriously ill has not increased in the same way.
Some recommendations will still last until April 1:
- Everyone over the age of 12 should be vaccinated.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Unvaccinated people are asked to avoid congestion.
- The health and care service must still have infection control measures.
The Danish government removed all coronary restrictions from 1 February. The Norwegian government removed many of the Norwegians the same evening.
The infection figures (see graph below) show that Denmark still has the highest spread of infection. But that is probably because they test much more than Sweden.