Restrictions removed on 9 February
The high vaccination coverage in combination with the Omicron variant which is causing fewer cases of serious illness has reduced the burden on the healthcare system. Therefore, the Public Health Agency has decided to remove most measures against Covid-19 from and including Wednesday, 9 February. The authority has also requested that the government and Parliament decide that Covid-19 should no longer be classified as a public and socially dangerous disease.
Certain advice and recommendations will remain. This includes special advice for the unvaccinated and that everyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with others.
Examples of restrictions that will be removed on 9 February
- Attendance at public gatherings and public events, trade fairs and private gatherings. However, this requires a decision by the government.
- The temporary law on infection control measures in restaurants. This includes participation restrictions, requirements for distance between parties, vaccination certificates and that restaurants must close at 11:00 PM.
General advice and recommendations that will end on 9 February
- The guideline for face mask on crowded public transport
- The guideline for working from home.
- The guideline for associations for culture, sports and leisure to refrain from arranging tournaments and camps indoors.
- The recommendation for partial remote instruction for adult education.
Guidelines and recommendations that will remain after 9 February
- Everyone aged 12 and older should be vaccinated against covid-19.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others if you have symptoms that may be Covid-19.
- Adults who have not been vaccinated should avoid congestion and large crowds indoors.
- To protect the most vulnerable, risk-reducing measures in healthcare and elderly care should remain.