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. Temporary pandemic law on covid-19
  2. New restrictions on retail shops, gyms and public swimming pools, among other places
  3. Tightened national regulations and general advice
  4. The Swedish Public Health Agency's general advice
  5. Public gatherings and public events are limited to eight people
  6. Information for you who run a restaurant
  7. Information for retailers
  8. Culture and sport
  9. Transport industry

Temporary pandemic law on covid-19

On January 8, the government decided on a temporary pandemic law. The intention is that the Government and government agencies should be better able to take action to slow down the spread of infection, without restricting activities that can be undertaken in a covid-secure way. It might, for example, involve limiting the number of visitors or opening hours, or the closure of certain activities. The temporary law will apply from January 10 to September 30, 2021.

The Swedish Parliament´s decision on the temporary pandemic law (in Swedish)

New restrictions on retail shops, gyms and public swimming pools, among other places

The Swedish Government adopted on 8 January a new Regulation called the Restrictions Regulation (Begränsningsförordningen) which became effective from 10 January. The new Regulation introduces legally binding rules for:

  • Gyms and sports facilities
  • Public swimming pools
  • Retail shops and shopping malls
  • Places for private social gatherings

For retail shops, gyms and indoor sports facilities as well as public swimming pools, the new rules make it mandatory to calculate the maximum number of visitors/customers allowed to be present in the premises at the same time. The calculation is to be made based on that all visitors/customers must be able to have a social distancing space of at least 10 square metres.

The maximum number must be documented and may not be exceeded. Signs must be posted at all entrances with information about the maximum number of persons who may be present. The possibility for one to wash their hands must be offered, or hand sanitiser must be available.

In addition, the Restrictions Regulation introduces a maximum limit of eight individuals to be present with private social gatherings, such as in banquet/party rooms, community halls and other facilities that are rented out. 

FAQ about the rules relating to gyms and sports facilities, public swimming pools and commercial venues at the Public Health Agency of Sweden (in Swedish)

More information about the new restrictions from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (in Swedish)

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s Regulations and General Advice on specific restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease COVID-19 (in Swedish)

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. 

MSB check-lists 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.

Read more at Länsstyrelsen.se (in Swedish)
More 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)

Information for you who run a restaurant

Tightened national restrictions

On 18 December, the government issued a number of tightened restrictions aimed at halting the spread of infection. These included a reduction in the maximum number of people who can meet at a restaurant from eight to four, and a ban on alcohol is being introduced from 8.00 pm. These measures will come into effect on 24 December.

Further national restrictions for halting the spread of infection can be found at regeringen.se (in Swedish)

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)

The website of the Public Health Authority of Sweden contains more information for restaurants, cafés and bars. This includes FAQs, a check-list and further information about the applicable prohibitions, regulations and general advice. 

Information from the Public Health Authority of Sweden for restaurants, cafés and bars

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.

Go to 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)

Extra support for sports associations 2021

The Government proposes that sports receive an additional SEK 335 million in support for the first two months of 2021. The Swedish Sports Confederation will return with how the support is designed and distributed.

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

Support för sports associations 2020

The Government has decided on a total of SEK 1 billion by 2020 in crisis support for the sports sector. The money will be paid out by the National Sports Federation.

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

Press release: Decision on the distribution of crisis support of SEK 1 billion for the sports sector in 2020 (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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