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 are limited to eight people
  4. Rent subsidy for certain vulnerable industries
  5. Information for you who run a restaurant
  6. Information for retailers
  7. Culture and sport
  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 public events are limited to eight people

The possibility of arrange public gatherings and public events is limited to eight people. This restriction applies from 24 November 2020. The previous exemption for gatherings and events held at restaurants establishments has been removed.

Decision on this matter will be continuously reviewed in consultation between the Government and the Public Health Agency.

Press release: Proposal to ban public gatherings and public events with more than eight participants (in Swedish)

There is an exception to the prohibition ordinance which makes it possible, under certain conditions, to organise public gatherings and public events with a maximum of 300 seated participants.

However, county administrative boards have the option of imposing local bans and may, for example, limit the number of seated participants. You should therefore check what applies in your particular region. You can do this by contacting your County Administrative Board.

The County Administrative Boars (in Swedish)
Information about applying to the police for a permit to hold a public function (in Swedish)
Public gatherings - questions and answers from the police (in Swedish)

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 rent subsidy is valid for the period January 1st to March 31st and can be applied for from May 3rd. Deadline for applications is June 30th. The county administrative boards handle the support.

The government has also announced an extension of the rent subsidy to also apply to the second quarter of 2021. This has not yet been decided.

More information about the rent subsidy at regeringen.se (in Swedish)

Information for you who run a restaurant

Further measures to reduce the spread of infection

From March 1st, opening hours at restaurants, bars and cafés will be limited to 20.30. This applies regardless of whether alcohol is served or not. However, the businesses can continue to offer takeaway.

The Swedish Public Health Agency has also decided that for restaurants that form part of a shopping center, the number of visitors in a party may only amount to 1 person, unless the restaurant can be reached through its own entrances.

More information about what applies to restaurants at Krisinformation.se 
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

Information for retailers

Restrictions on retail shops

Since 18 December, several more stringent restrictions applicable nationwide have been established and all activities are obligated to take measures to stem the spread of infection.

On 10 January, additional restrictions were imposed on, among other locations, retail shops. This entails among other things that it is obligatory to calculate the maximum number of persons who may be allowed to be present in the shop at any one time. All persons present must have a social distancing space of at least 10 square metres. The restrictions have been promulgated based on the legal authority in the new statute providing temporary provisions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tightened national regulations and general advice
New restrictions on retail shops, gyms and public swimming pools, among other places

Support and recommendations

In order to help ensure safe trading conditions, the Swedish Trade Federation has produced material and guidelines including the “Välkommen in” (“Come on in”) campaign material. Their website also contains information on the pandemic law and on the new restrictions on trade.Here, you can also find in-store material that you can use such as signs and information material. 

You can find material and guidelines for safe and secure trading on the Swedish Trade Federation's website

Culture and sport

Support for the cultural sector

The Government has decided on a total of SEK 1 billion by 2021 in crisis support for the cultural sector. The money will be distributed by The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Film Institute, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Swedish Authors’ Fund and The Sami Parliament. 

More information can be found at each organization.

The Swedish Arts Council
The Swedish Film Institute (in Swedish)
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (in Swedish)
The Swedish Authors’ Fun (in Swedish)
The Sami Parliament (in Swedish)

Support for sports associations 2021

On April 1, 2021, the government announced further support for the sports movement as a result of the corona pandemic. Special sports federations and sports associations can apply for compensation for the financial consequences of the corona crisis for the period 1 January to 30 April 2021. Apply from May 7 to May 19. The money is paid out by the Swedish Sports Confederation.

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)

Restrictions on gyms and sports facilities and public swimming pools

Since 18 December, several more stringent restrictions applicable nationwide have been established and all activities are obligated to take measures to stem the spread of infection.

On 10 January, further restrictions were imposed on gyms and sports facilities and public swimming pools, among other places. What this entails among other things is that it is obligatory to calculate the maximum number of persons who may be allowed to be present in the premises at any one time. All persons present.must have a social distancing space of at least 10 square metres. The restrictions have been promulgated based on the legal authority in the new statute providing temporary provisions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tightened national regulations and general advice
New restrictions on retail shops, gyms and public swimming pools, among other places

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)

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