Sport and exercise

Sporting events may continue during the Covid-19 outbreak, on the condition that organisers follow the restrictions and bans in place to reduce the spread of infection. This page contains information and links relating to what applies for competitions and exercise.

Competitions and matches  

As of 14 June, sporting events will be permitted to take place outdoors without any spectators. This applies to all sports, at all levels, in both men’s and women’s arenas. The condition is that they follow the rules that apply to public events.

Until 14 June, it continues to be the case that practice matches for adults and competitions and matches in the field of children’s and youth sport are permitted on the condition that the rules set out by the Public Health Agency of Sweden are observed. 

The decision to start competitive activities should not be viewed as a general easing of current restrictions and recommendations. It is forbidden to hold public gatherings and public events with more than 50 participants, and this also applies to supporters wishing to follow the event.

Find out more at Regeringen.se about the decision to permit matches and competitions outdoors in Swedish

Advice to sports associations

  • Avoid close contact between those participating in sport.
  • Try to exercise outdoors if this is possible.
  • Limit the number of spectators and avoid congestion.

Organisers and facilities

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has produced advice and recommendations for sports associations and exercise facilities about Covid-19 (in Swedish).

Gyms, swimming pools and sports halls can continue to remain open, although activities may need to be adapted to minimise the risk of the spread of infection. Organisers of an activity must perform a risk assessment using the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s risk assessment tool (in Swedish).

Children’s and youth sport 

Children’s and youth matches, practice matches and competitions with participants born in 2002 or later may take place on the condition that they follow the regulations and recommendations drawn up by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (in Swedish).This involves, among other things, limiting the number of spectators. It is not permitted to organise cups or competitions where more than 50 people are present. At present there is a ban on public gatherings and public events with more than 50 people.

Advice to those playing sport and exercising

  • You should not take part in any activities if you are ill.
  • You should not take part in indoor activities if you are over the age of 70.
  • Avoid activities and exercises that involve close contact.
  • Get changed at home instead of at the exercise facility.
  • Do not share water bottles, mouthguards or anything else that can transmit saliva.
  • Wipe down equipment that has been used with disinfectant after use.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
  • Keep a distance from other people on sports grounds, in swimming pools, at the gym, as well as in other exercise facilities.

More information about sports and exercise is available from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

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