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. Tightened national regulations and general advice
  2. The Swedish Public Health Agency's general advice
  3. Public gatherings and public events 
  4. Information for you who run a restaurant
  5. Rent subsidy for certain vulnerable industries
  6. Culture and sport
  7. Support for event organisers
  8. Transport industry

Tightened national regulations and general advice

All businesses in Sweden are obliged to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. It is particularly important to make allowances for people in high-risk groups.

Examples of what you can do to prevent the spread of infection include: 

  1. putting up information for members, personnel, customers etc.
  2. marking out spaces on the floor
  3. re-arranging furniture, or in some other way creating space in order to avoid crowding
  4. providing digital alternatives
  5. providing facilities for handing-washing with soap and water or hand disinfection
  6. keeping the number of people in any one place at any time to a minimum, especially in areas where there is not much space
  7. changing your opening times

Read the complete general advice on the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Here you will find more specific information applicable to different businesses.

The complete general advice of the Public Health Agency of Sweden (in Swedish)

The Swedish Contingencies Agency (MSB) also has check-lists and useful examples of what various businesses have done to slow the spread of infection. 

The Swedish Contingencies Agency's checklists and useful examples for slowing the spread of infection (in Swedish)

Public gatherings and events 

The government has presented a plan for how measures against covid-19 can be adapted to a gradually reduced spread of infection and a gradual opening of society.

The plan includes adjustments to infection control measures for individuals and businesses in various stages, starting on 1 June.

For detailed information on what the different steps entail, see the Swedish Public Health Agency's website (in Swedish)

Information for you who run a restaurant

There is no limitation on opening hours in restaurants, bars and cafés from 1 July. Groups of eight people seated together are allowed indoors, and restrictions for groups outdoors are removed. Other restrictions, like keeping a distance to other groups, remain.

More information about what applies to restaurants at 
Further measures to reduce the spread of infection at the Swedish Public Health Agency (in Swedish)

The Public Health Agency's website contains more information, regulations and general advice for those who run a restaurant, bar or café.

Information and banners for restaurants, 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.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies website

Rent subsidy for certain vulnerable industries

To help companies that have suffered financially as a result of the coronavirus, the government has decided to provide support to landlords who temporarily reduce rents. The support applies to rent reductions for companies in particularly vulnerable industries such as hotels and restaurants, retail and consumer services.

The Government has decided that the rent subsidy will be extended during the second and third quarters, 1 April – 30 September 2021. The application for quarters two and three will open on 2 July 2021. It is the County administrative boards that handle the support, and is responsible for all information and follow-up. You apply for the support through the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's e-service.

Apply for the support through the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's e-service

Terms and how the processing for the support is done at the County Administrative Board in Västra Götaland (in Swedish)

More information about the rent subsidy at (in Swedish)

Culture and sport

Support for the cultural sector

The government has decided on a total of SEK 3.53 billion in crisis and stimulus support
to the cultural area for crisis and stimulus support in 2021.

The money will mainly be distributed by the Swedish Council for Culture. Other actors are the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Authors' Fund and the Sami Parliament.

Details about the support will be published on each organization's website when the details are ready.

Press release: Crisis and stimulus support for the cultural area (in Swedish)

Support for sports associations 2021

The government has decided on support of 1.62 billion to the sports movement as a result of the corona pandemic. Special sports federations and sports associations will be able to apply for compensation for the financial consequences of the corona crisis. The money is paid out by the Swedish Sports Confederation who will have updated information on their website.

Support as a sports association (in Swedish)
Support as a special sports association (in Swedish)

Press release: Extra support for sports during the beginning of 2021 (in Swedish)

Support for event organisers

Event support is an allowance that helps event organisers  to plan for events due to take place during the June to December 2021 period. You can apply for the allowance if an event, for which you are an organiser, cannot be held or must be significantly limited in scope due to restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19.  Apply by 31 December 2021.

Read more and apply for the event support at the Swedish Tax Agency

Transport industry

Temporary extension of the validity of specific certificates, licences, and authorisations

Professional driver's licenses that have been extended by the first temporary EU regulation during the summer of 2020 and that expires during the period 1 January 2021 - 31 March 2021 will be extended again for another six months.

Professional driver's licenses that expired during the period 1 September 2020 - 30 June 2021 have an extended validity period of 16 months.

Professional driver's licenses that expire during the period 1 July 2021 - 31 December 2021 are extended by 10 months.

Temporary extension at the Swedish Transport Agency (in Swedish)

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