Regional information

The following is information compiled from regional authorities about the spread of infection and measures taken in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Notifications here will be published with some delay compared with the Swedish versions. Note that the sources will be in Swedish.
Updated

Special recommendations apply in several regions.  

Blekinge

Special recommendations:

  • Do not spend time with others outside your household.
  • Municipal sport and training facilities will remain closed to adults.
  • Employees of workplaces with outbreaks should avoid spending time in public.
  • Face masks should be worn in public indoor spaces and in workplaces in which close contact cannot be avoided. Especially where outbreaks have been confirmed.
  • Schools are recommended to conduct part-time distance learning. If a member of your household is undergoing testing, everyone, including school children, should remain at home while waiting for the test results.
  • Children under 18 should remain at home in the case of suspected infection in the home. Distance learning is recommended for school classes having two or more cases of infection in the class.

Region Blekinge's information in English

12 May: Tighter regional recommendations extended
The tighter regional recommendations in Region Blekinge will be extended until 31 May due to a continued increase in the pressure on healthcare services.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Dalarna

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Gotland

17 May: Put your questions about the pandemic and vaccines to infection control officials
Region Gotland’s infection control doctor, Maria Amér, and vaccine coordinator, Christine Senter, will be answering questions during a live broadcast here at gotland.se on Thursday 20 May at 10.15 pm. Send in your questions before Wednesday 19 May at 1 pm.

10 May: Vaccination appointment booking for people born in 1960 or earlier
Region Gotland reports that vaccination appointment booking will open to people born in 1960 or earlier in the afternoon. Appointments can be booked using the Alltid Öppet app. Only people included in this group will be able to book an appointment. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Gävleborg

Special recommendations:
Gävleborg Region is implementing local recommendations until further notice:

•    Use disposable respiratory masks when near contact indoors over a protracted period cannot be avoided, for example, workplaces where it is difficult to maintain distance. Masks should always be used in public transport by those born in 2004 or earlier. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance.

•    It is recommended that employees and others with duties in a workplace where a major outbreak is taking place avoid staying out in public and minimise meetings with other people. Those who have had covid-19 within the last six months are excepted.

11 May: People aged 50 years and older can book vaccination appointments

Region Gävleborg is inviting people aged fifty and older to Covid-19 vaccinations. New appointment slots will be made available on Mondays at 12 noon. Bookings can be made via 1177.se.

12 May: No easing of recommendations
Based on the current rate of spread of infection, the infection control doctor in Region Gävleborg deems that easing of current recommendations should be put on hold a while longer. The recommendations concerned pertain to outdoor matches and competitions for children and young people, as well as vaccinated people.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Halland
Special recommendations:
The Halland Region has introduced the following special recommendations: Monouse masks must be worn when there is prolonged close contact with other people. This applies to workplaces and public transport during peak use, for example. There are already local recommendations in place for respiratory protection when visiting healthcare facilities.

14 May: Vaccination booking for phase 4 started
People born in 1963 or earlier can now book Covid-19 vaccination appointments, reports Region Halland. On Saturday 15 May, people born in 1964 or earlier can book vaccination appointments. Vaccination appointments should primarily be booked online at 1177.se/Halland. However, if you are unable to book online, you can call a helpline for assistance. In week 19, the helpline will be open on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Jämtland Härjedalen

Special recommendations in Jämtland Härjedalen
Region Jämtland Härjedalen has issued special recommendations.

Employers are advised to

  • encourage personnel to work from home whenever possible and provide the equipment necessary for doing so.
  • use digital alternatives or postpone business trips, conferences and similar arrangements.
  • give employees the opportunity to maintain a distance (1.5–2 m) from each other, for example at meetings, in coffee rooms and changing rooms. It is a good idea to schedule lunch and refreshments in order to limit the number of people.
  • give employees the opportunity to wash their hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.

Everyone should

  • stay at home in the event of the slightest symptoms arising. If you have respiratory or other symptoms that may indicate Covid-19, even mild ones, you should stay at home and get tested. The recommendation also applies to pupils in school, from preschool class and upwards.

12 May: Regional recommendations extended to 31 May
The regional restrictions in Region Jämtland Härjedalen will be extended to 31 May due to the high rate of spread of infection in the region. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Jönköping

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Kalmar

Special recommendations:

  • Only meet up with those you live with.
  • Do not organise or participate in events or activities where people gather.
  • Those who work in a business where an outbreak of Covid-19 occurs should avoid public exposure so far as possible.
  • Adults should not participate in indoor training activities together.
  • In addition to pandemic law requirements, training facility coordinators should limit the possibility of adults to gather indoors.
  • Municipalities are advised to not hold non-essential public activities, with the exception of activities for children.
  • Upper secondary schools may use distance education as a complement to in-school education until 16 May.
  • Everyone should use a mask in public transport, irrespective of the time of day.

  • Use a mask for at least seven days in work places where somebody has been verified with Covid-19. This applies if a safe distance to the person in question has not been secured.

12/5: Regional recommendations extended
Region Kalmar extends the special recommendations until 30 May. This is because there is as yet no significant decrease in the spread of Covid-19.  

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Kronoberg

17 May: Phase 4 starts in Kronoberg
Region Kronoberg County is opening Covid-19 vaccination booking to people who are not in prioritised groups. People born in 1966 or earlier are welcome to book vaccination appointments. Vaccinations will be given at vaccination sites located in every municipality. Appointment bookings can be made via 1177.se, where it is possible to choose where you would like to get vaccinated. Vaccine availability for first doses will be low in the period ahead. At the same time, many people in the county need to take their second dose. New appointment slots will be released gradually.  

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Norrbotten

14 May: Avoid large gatherings
The rate of spread of infection is still high in the county. Infection spreads more frequently when people gather in large groups. It is time to take responsibility and stop the spread of the coronavirus now, says Region Norrbotten.  Avoid gathering in large groups. Only socialise with the people with whom you live. If you live on your own, limit your interactions to a small number of friends or family members. Keep your distance from other people both indoors and outdoors. Avoid crowded areas. Stay at home when you have symptoms. Get tested as soon as possible. Wash your hands frequently.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Skåne

17 May: Vaccination appointment booking opening to 50- to 59-year-olds
As expected, there was a great deal of interest in booking Covid-19 vaccination appointments among Skåne’s 50- to 59-year-olds, and appointment slots quickly ran out. More appointment slots will be released. Vaccination appointment booking services can be reached by accessing the respective vaccination provider’s booking service, which you can find at 1177.se, reports Region Skåne.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Stockholm

Special recommendations

Special recommendations are in effect:

  • Only spend time with the people with whom you live. If you live alone, you can socialise with a few friends.
  • Stay at home if you have the slightest symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose or fever.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms longer than 24 hours.
  • Everyone in a household is advised to stay at home from the time someone experiences symptoms that may be consistent with Covid-19.
  • When someone has Covid-19, everyone who lives in that household must stay at home for one week after the test date and take a test on day 5. This does not apply to children under 6 years of age.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • After a trip abroad, you should stay at home for 7 days and take a test when you arrive home and on day 5. This needs to be considered when planning ahead of any travel abroad.
  • Avoid shopping centres and shops if there is a risk of crowds. Wear a face mask if you have to shop.
  • If you have met someone who has Covid-19 and have been closer than two metres for 15 minutes, you should work from home as much as possible and limit your physical contact with others for two weeks. Get tested even if you have no symptoms.

Travel

  • Only travel on public transport if you have to.
  • If you must travel, within the country or abroad, you should do so in the most Covid-secure way possible.

Face masks

  • Wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, no matter what time you travel.
  • Wear a face mask in places where there is a risk of crowding such as shops, pharmacies, certain workplaces and service points such as hairdressing salons.
  • Wear a face mask when you visit healthcare facilities as a patient or if you are accompanying someone to a healthcare appointment.

12 May: Anyone in an at-risk group and born in 1971 or earlier can book a vaccination appointment
In Region Stockholm, anyone in an at-risk group who was born in 1971 or earlier can now book a vaccination appointment at a vaccination clinic.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Sörmland

Special recommendations:
Sörmland Region has implemented special recommendations. Avoid unnecessary travel, wear a monouse mask in public transport and when close contact with others is unavoidable, work from home as often as possible, limit new contacts and avoid places with a risk of congestion. Everyone in the same household as someone with symptoms of Covid-19 is recommended to stay at home for one week. Everyone in the same household as someone with verified Covid-19 should stay at home for one week.

14 May: Regional general recommendations extended
The regional general recommendations in Region Sörmland will be extended until 31 May 2021 due to the continued high rate of spread of infection in Sörmland. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Uppsala

14 May: Region Uppsala moving to national recommendations
From Monday 17 May, Region Uppsala is going to reinstate national recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. The 'personal lockdown' campaign will now end.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Värmland

17 May: Over fifties can book vaccination appointments
People in Värmland County who are over 50 years old can book Covid-19 vaccination appointments. Vaccination appointments can be booked via 1177.se under 'Regional vaccinationsenhet' (Regional vaccination unit) or by contacting Region Värmland’s booking line on 010-831 80 70.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västerbotten

Special recommendations:

  • Avoid all unnecessary travel. If you must travel, it is important that you do so in a safe manner. Limit the number of new contacts.
  • Anyone whose workplace is experiencing a major outbreak should avoid staying out in public. This currently applies to Northvolt in Skellefteå. Shopping for food and medicine may be done.
  • Remote or distanced teaching is recommended for Skellefteå middle school and high school.
  • Use disposable respiratory masks in public transport and when near contact indoors over a protracted period cannot be avoided. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance whenever this is feasible.

17 May: Levels of infection in the county
Region Västerbotten reports that the number of positive Covid-19 cases decreased last week. It is considered that this is due to a combination of slightly reduced spread of infection and fewer tests being performed because of the public holiday. Most cases are being detected in the Umeå area, especially among people between the ages of 20 and 29. The infection is spreading in private social settings and in workplaces, schools and families, so continue to follow the recommendations. Meet as few people as possible, limit movements in the community, work from home when possible, socially distance and ensure any trips you take are Covid-secure. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västernorrland

Special recommendations

  • Those born in 2004 or earlier should use face masks on public transport regardless of the time of day, as well as in public indoor environments where there is a risk of crowding.
  • Everyone should also refrain from unnecessary travel, both within and outside the county.
  • Limit your social contacts. Do not meet people apart from those you live with, except where necessary at work or in school.

  • If you work in a company where there is currently an outbreak of Covid-19, you should avoid spending time out among the general public during this outbreak.

  • Do not exercise indoors in groups if you were born in 2001 or before. This does not apply to professional sports.

The above applies to everyone in Västernorrland, even people who have had Covid-19 and/or are vaccinated.

12 May: Halt on occasional competitions and matches extended until 4 June
Infection Control Doctor Hans Boman continues to advise against occasional competitions and matches for children and young people in Region Västernorrland. It may be possible to hold matches and competitions after 4 June at the earliest.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västmanland

Special recommendations:
The Västmanland Region has introduced special recommendations to combat the spread of Covid-19:

  • Limit the number of new contacts.
  • Avoid public transport, shopping centres, and other situations where crowding may occur. 
  • Avoid unnecessary travel. If you have to travel, make sure to take measures to decrease the risk of contagion. 
  • Those born in 2004 and earlier should use a monouse mask in public transport.
  • Keep working from home as often as possible. Where this is not possible, crowds should be avoided and distance kept to others.

14 May: Regional recommendations extended to 31 May
Following a sharp increase in the rate of spread of infection at the beginning of the month, regional recommendations in Region Västmanland will be extended until 31 May. Due to this increase, the county’s upper-secondary schools are advised to continue conducting a combination of in-person and distance education from 17 May and the rest of the spring term.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västra Götaland

Special recommendations:

Västra Götaland Region introduces local recommendations after increased Covid-19 rates.
The following recommendations apply:

•    Limit the number of new close contacts. Only socialise with people with whom you normally meet. If you meet others, you should avoid being close to each other. Preferably spend time outdoors, but remember to keep your distance there as well.
•    Avoid public transport, shopping centres and shops if there is a risk of congestion. Choose to shop at times when a minimal number of other people will be present in the shop. Stay in the store as short a time as possible, and preferably shop alone.
•    Refrain from unnecessary travel. If you must travel, do so as protected from contagion as possible.
•    Wear a monouse mask when using public transport and when near contact cannot be avoided. Note, however, that masks do not replace the rule of avoiding close contact and keeping your distance.

•    Continue working at home as often as possible. Where working from home is not possible, avoid congestion in the workplace, keep your distance and try to meet as few people as possible. This applies in coffee rooms and staff rooms as well. If you have even mild respiratory symptoms, stay home.
•    Regarding schools, the infection control recommends that municipalities enforce limitations, like distance education, according to the local situation.

12 May: Special recommendations valid until 6 June
The spread of Covid-19 is decreasing slowly in Västra Götaland. The special recommendations are thus extended until 6 June.  The special recommendations concerning schooling have been withdrawn. The municipalities should adapt the need for distance education and other limitations according to the local situation, says the region’s infection control doctor. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Örebro

Special recommendations
Everyone born 2004 or earlier should wear a mask in public indoor areas. That is on public transport, shops, pharmacies and service premises. The use of masks is an additional measure which does not exclude the general advice to combat the spread of Covid-19.

17 May: If you were born in 1966 or earlier, you can get vaccinated
Region Örebro County is entering phase 4 of the vaccination programme today and is offering Covid-19 vaccinations to people who are going to turn 55 this year or who are older. Appointments can be booked online via 1177.se or by calling the booking line on 019-602 80 00 on weekdays.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Östergötland

14 May: Attempted fraud by phone
Region Östergötland has issued a warning about fraud attempts by telephone after such a case was uncovered by one of the county’s primary healthcare centres.

For older entries, check the archived news section.