The corona situation in Sweden is now deemed to be stable enough to proceed with the goverment's plan for phasing out restrictions. So what will change?foto: Brett Sayles
Today, Thursday the 15th of July, several of the covid-19 restrictions will be lifted. The situation in Sweden is deemed to be stable and going in the right direction as the spreading rate of the virus and the number of hospitalized people is decreasing with every week that passes. Therefore, the government and Folkhälsomyndigheten, the department of public health, has decided to proceed with the government's plan for phasing out the restrictions, moving on to step 3.
The government has decided that regulations on long distance public transport, such as trains and some busses, will be lifted. This means that they will now be able to transport their full capacity of passengers, whereas they up until now only have been allowed to travel with 50% of their capacity. However, individuals are still encouraged to be careful and avoid public transport if showing any symptoms of covid-19. In addition to this the municipalities right to forbid people from dwelling in certain public places, such as parks and beaches, will be repealed.
Folkhälsomyndigheten has also changed their recommendations in line with the government's plan. This implies that regulations on a number of square meters required per person at public places such as shops, gyms, museums and amusement parks will be lifted. However, on their website Folhälsomyndigheten has expressed that companies should still take measures to avoid it being crowded, although this is now the companies and the individual's responsibility.
Moreover, the size of a company that has been appointed sitting places at a public gathering or public event, for example football matches, will be increased from 4 to 8 persons per company. This will apply both to events indoors and outdoors, but it will still be required for separate companies to be able to have at least one meters distance between each other.
The next step in the government's plan for phasing out restrictions, step 4, is planned to be put in action sometime during September. Nonetheless, on their website the government has expressed that if the plan is to be proceeded with it will require that the spreading of the virus, and the pressure on the health care, remains low along with that the rate of vaccination continues to increase.