Temporary pandemic law for covid-19

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The temporary law came into effect on the 10th of January 2021 and will apply until the 30th of September 2021. This page contains information about new restrictions which are covered by the new law, and what they mean to you as a business owner. The page is updated continuously.

Proposal - extension of the temporary pandemic law

The Government proposes an extension of the temporary pandemic law from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022.

Pressrelease: Extension of the covid-19 law and the serving law (in Swedish)

On this page you will find information about:

  1. What does the pandemic law mean for you as a business owner?
  2. New restrictions for public venues, like shops, gyms and public swimming pools
  3. Films about the pandemic law

What does the pandemic law mean for you as a business owner?

The purpose of the new law is for the government and authorities to be able to take better measures to slow down the spread of infection, without limiting activities that can be carried out infection-free. This can include limiting the number of visitors, opening hours, or closing certain locations and facilities. The pandemic law applies in addition to the previous recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency.

The Swedish Government’s decision on a new pandemic law (in Swedish)

New restrictions for public venues, like shops, gyms and public swimming pools

The Swedish Government adopted a new Regulation on the 8th of January called the Restrictions Regulation (Begränsningsförordningen) which came into effect on the 10th 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 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 at the premise at any one time. The calculation is based on all visitors/customers having 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 to wash your hands or use of hand sanitisers must be offered.

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

Films about the pandemic law

The films are in Swedish but you can choose English subtitles. Start by playing the film and then click on settings in the Youtube menu. Select Undertexter and then Engelska.

Film: What do the new restrictions mean for businesses?

In this film, we walk you as a business owner through the steps you need to take to comply with the restrictions in the pandemic law. (Length: 2:02 min)

Text version of the film What do the new restrictions mean for business? 

Film: Who is covered by the new law?

In this film, we explain who is covered by the new law, and what is defined as a store and a service facility. (Length: 1:41 min)

Text version of the film Who is covered by the new law? 

Film: Who is responsible for compliance with the pandemic law?

In this film, we explain what your responsibilities as a business owner are. What the supervisory authority (the County Administrative Board) looks at if they review your company, and what happens if the restrictions are not followed. (Length: 1:36 min)

Text version of the film Who is responsible for compliance with the pandemic law? 

Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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