On Monday 10, a series of new Covid restrictions were announced by the government to curb Sweden’s “record high spread of infections”.
“It is undoubtedly the case that the situation has deteriorated. The spread of infection in Sweden is at historically high levels,” Magdalena Andersson said.
The new rules will come into force on January 12, which will force bars and restaurants to close at 11 pm. In addition, they will have to limit groups to eight people, seated at least a meter apart and only have table service, but vaccine passes are not required at this stage.
Furthermore, Andersson introduced a new “Allmänna råd” which can be translated to “general/public recommendation” and has been described as “something in between regulations and recommendations” by the Public Health Agency’s chief legal officer.
Indoor public events with more than 20 visitors will only be allowed if everyone is seated and limited to groups of eight people, seated at least a meter apart. Public events with more than 50 attendees must require a valid vaccination pass.
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Source: The Local
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