How restrictions will be phased out
The Swedish Government has drawn up a plan for how it will ease the restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Easing will be done in stages and on the basis of a preliminary timetable, which may be amended. Below are some examples of the changes in the various stages.
Stage 1 – 1 June
- New participant limits for general gatherings and public events (in Swedish). This will apply to, among other things, religious services, theatre performances and football matches.
- The opening hours of restaurants and other venues serving food and drink will be extended to 22.30. The maximum of four people per table and distance of at least one metre between parties will remain applicable.
- It will be possible to attend camps and participate in tournaments, matches and sports competitions on a small scale.
- Races and similar events with a maximum of 150 people participating at the same time can take place.
- As regards private get-togethers, parties and dinners, the Public Health Agency of Sweden will still recommend socialising with a small, close circle. The maximum of 8 people for private parties in rented premises will remain applicable.
- It will be possible to visit amusement parks and markets to a greater extent. The person responsible for the business will remain responsible for meeting infection control requirements.
- Adults studying at college, university, folk high school or a municipal adult education centre, for example, can gradually return to on-site education.
- The rule of one person per party at venues serving food and drink located in shopping venues or shopping malls will be removed.
- The regulation of gyms and sports facilities, swimming pools and shopping venues, etc., with a maximum number of visitors calculated based on floor area, will continue. The maximum of 500 people, which has applied to the largest facilities, will be replaced by a requirement for a special risk assessment.
More information is available on the website of the Public Health Agency: Number of participants that can attend different types of gathering from 1 June (in Swedish)
Stage 2 – 1 July
- Raised participant limits for general gatherings and public events.
- The participant limit for private parties in rented premises will be raised to a maximum of 50 people.
- The Public Health Agency's recommendations for cultural and leisure associations will be lifted. This will affect training and activities outdoors, for example, as well as advice to avoid crowding, etc.
- The regulation of opening hours for venues serving food and drink will be removed.
- Rules on the maximum number of individuals per party will be lifted for venues serving food and drink outdoors.
- The maximum number of individuals per party for venues serving food and drink indoors will be raised to eight persons.
- All guests at venues serving food and drink must be seated and able to keep distance between parties, both indoors and outdoors.
- The recommendation to only socialise with a small, close circle will be updated. From the 1 of July, the advice is: If you see people other than those in your small circle, try to meet outdoors when possible and keep distance to others, especially in confined spaces.
- Association meetings and general meetings can continue to be held, as long as they can be held without crowding.
- The recommendation to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport during rush hours will be removed.
Stage 3 – provisionally set for 15 July
- Rules limiting the number of passengers on long-distance public transport will be lifted.
- Rules stipulating a certain number of square metres of space per person in indoor and outdoor settings will be lifted.
Stage 4 – provisionally set for September
- Participant limits for general gatherings and public events will be removed.
- Participant limits for private gatherings in rented premises will be removed.
- Rules governing the maximum number of individuals per party will be lifted for indoor venues serving food and drink.
- Concerts will be permitted in indoor venues serving food and drink.
Stage 5 – date not set
- Any remaining restrictions will be removed, including rules to prevent crowding in shopping venues and for cultural and leisure activities.
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden will remove general guidelines on avoiding crowds, working from home when possible and thorough hand hygien measures.
Sources: Swedish Government, Public Health Agency of Sweden