Information to certain business segments

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Here you will find information about temporary regulations and changes in laws in certain industries and business segments, such as restaurants, event businesses, and cultural and creative industries. The information is continuously updated.

On this page you will find information about:

  1. Public gatherings limited to 50 people
  2. Information to restaurants, cafes and bars
  3. Support to professional fishermen
  4. Transport industry

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has developed new general advice to counter the spread of the coronavirus. All operations in Sweden are obliged to take measures to reduce the risk of transmission, based on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency.

Stores and shopping malls should limit the number of customers staying in the premises at the same time. They should also devise alternative solutions for cash queues or indicate how far customers can stand between each other.

If possible, non-profit associations should postpone annual meetings and similar, if the meeting requires participants to meet in the same place.

Public gatherings limited to 50 people

The Government has made a decision to further limit the possibility of organising public gatherings and public events to a maximum of 50 persons. If you already have been granted a permit, the gathering or event may be carried out with the restriction of 50 persons.

Limited possibilities for public gatherings at the Swedish Police (in Swedish)

The government is investigating exceptions to the rule of a maximum of 50 people

There are currently two proposals that are under investigation and will be sent for consultation.

The first proposal means that you who run a restaurant or a café and have live music, can have the opportunity to arrange concerts or other performances.

The second proposal means that there may be exceptions for events with seated audiences. The proposal also means that the exemption for seated audiences must be combined with an upper participant limit.

However, both proposals require that you, as an organizer, take measures so that the audience can keep their distance from each other and that the event is carried out in a safe manner to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus. 

The limit of 50 participants is currently fixed as a main rule.

Preparations for a relief in the Prohibition Regulation at the Swedish government’s website (in Swedish) 

Information to restaurants, cafes and bars

New law for restaurants

From 1 July 2020, are you who operates a restaurant, bar or café legally responsible for adapting your business so that the spread of covid-19 is prevented.

The Public Health Authority's previous regulations and general advice for those who serve food (HSLF-FS 2020: 9) are not longer to applicable with the new law. The new valid regulation is (HSLF-FS 2020:37). 

To the regulation (HSLF-FS 2020:37) at the Swedish Public Healt Angecy's website (in Swedish) 

The new law also means that the municipality now has the responsibility to both supervise and make decisions about injunctions, bans and is able to close a restaurant that does not comply with the law.

Read more about the new law at The Public Helath Angency of Sweden's website (in Swedish)

Information and banners for resturants, cafés, bars and campings

On the website of Swedish Civil Contingencies (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap MSB) several agencies have collected information, banners and a checklist which can be usable for you who run business. The information and banners are free to use and download to inform your guests or visitors about the social distancing and washing hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The website is in Swedish but some information has been translated into English and other languages.

Go to the Swedish Civil Contingencies website

Support to professional fishermen

You who are a proffessional fisherman with your own business and have taken a break due to the affects of covid-19 can apply from support from the Swedish Board of Argiculture (Jordbruksverket). If you meet the conditions you can receive compensation for temporarily ceasing your business. For example, there may be partial compensation for certain costs and loss of income during the break.

The application closes on 31 December. To calculate how much you can get in support, you can use the Swedish Board of Agriculture's calculation templates at the link below.

About the support about and application at the Swedish Board of Agriculture (in Swedish)

Transport industry

Temporary extension of the period of validity of the certificate of professional competence

Professional driver's license which expires from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020 is extended by seven months from the date the certificate would otherwise have expired, according to a new EU regulation.

Temporary extension at the Swedish Transport Agency (in Swedish)

The regulation also includes the validity for driver’s licenses and the setting time for motor vehicle inspections.

Read more about the extended validity for driver’s licenses and motor vehicle inspections at the Swedish Transport Agency (in Swedish)

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