Modified restrictions as of 15 July
At a press conference on Monday, it was announced that a number of restrictions will be lifted as of 15 July. This is in line with step 3 of the Government’s plan for phasing out restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In terms of the pandemic, the trends are heading in the right direction. The number of COVID-19 cases and the number of people requiring hospital treatment for COVID-19 are falling week by week. Almost 70 per cent of the adult population have now received at least one vaccine dose. Overall, the infection rates, the pressure on the health care system and the vaccination rate of the population are all at levels that allow restrictions to be lifted. For this reason, the Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have made the assessment that it is appropriate to proceed with step 3 of the Government’s plan for phasing out the restrictions.
As of 15 July, the following applies.
Long-distance public transport
As of 15 July 2021, long-distance public transport operators will be able to operate at full capacity.
However, passengers are advised to continue to exercise care and vigilance. Anyone who has any symptoms or feels ill should not travel. They should stay home, isolate and take a COVID-19 test. Keeping a COVID-safe distance is still a crucial factor in minimising the risk of infecting and being infected.
Municipalities no longer able to ban people from certain public spaces
As of 15 July 2021, municipalities will no longer be able to ban the public from accessing certain spaces where crowding may occur.
The ban has been a tool for municipalities to use to limit crowding in public spaces – such as parks, beaches and parking areas – that could contribute to the further spread of infection when infection rates are high.
Public Health Agency decisions in line with the plan
In accordance with the Government’s plan for phasing out restrictions, the Public Health Agency has also made a number of decisions on modifying and phasing out restrictions under step 3 of the plan. For example, the rule on the number of people per square metre in shopping centres, gyms, museums, amusement parks, etc. will be removed. The advice to amusement parks concerning, for example, how to place groups for rides and attractions, will be removed. The size of groups with designated seats at public gatherings or events, including football matches, will be increased from four people to eight people. This applies to both indoor and outdoor events.
For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden website.
The next step of the Government’s phase-out plan – step 4 – is scheduled for September. The plan for phasing out restrictions can only proceed if infection rates and the pressure on the health care system remain low and the vaccination rate continues to rise.
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan and State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell took part in the press conference.