The Government’s plan for phasing out restrictions

On Thursday 27 May, the Government presented its plan for phasing out the restrictions that were put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government plans to adapt and phase out the restrictions that were put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The plan is divided into five stages. Prior to each stage, an assessment will be made based on the spread of infection, pressure on healthcare services and levels of vaccination coverage in the population.

1. The first stage will begin on 1 June 2021 and involve a number of easing measures, such as new participation ceilings for general gatherings and public events. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Sweden will no longer advise against tournaments and camps for children.

2. The second stage is planned to begin on 1 July 2021. This stage will see, for example, the further extension of opening hours at venues serving food and drink, and the advice to only meet people in your immediate circle will be removed.

3. The third stage is provisionally set to start on 15 July 2021. The restrictions on long-distance public transport and regulations limiting the number of people per square metre in indoor and outdoor settings are planned to be removed. 

4. It is estimated that the fourth stage will begin in September 2021.  The plan is to remove restrictions on participant numbers for public gatherings, public events and private gatherings, among other things. Restrictions in the restaurant sector will also be eased.

5. No date has been set for the fifth stage. This stage will involve lifting all remaining restrictions, including rules to prevent crowding in shopping venues and for cultural and leisure activities. The general recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on avoiding crowds, working from home and maintaining particularly careful hand hygiene will be lifted.

In the event of a changed or worsening situation, the plan may need to be amended.

Source: Regeringen

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