It’s already 2021, but what has changed and what hasn’t?
The new year is here, and with advice and regulations changing regularly, there’s so much information to absorb. So here are the current regulations, which will apply until 24 January:
- Non-essential travel to Sweden from non-EU countries by non-EU citizens is not permitted. This has been banned until 31 March.
- People must stay at home and self-isolate if you develop symptoms associated with COVID-19
- You can only socialise with people you ordinarily see, and you should try and do this outside.
- Try to avoid crowded places, such as shopping malls.
- Be very careful when socialising with anybody over the age of 70, or in a high-risk category.
- Avoid public transport if possible.
- Work from home as often as is possible.
- No more than 4 people can share a table in a restaurant.
- The sale of alcohol after 8pm is prohibited. This will be the case until 28 February.
- Face masks should be worn on public transport during rush hour.
- Social, cultural and sports centres such as museums and sports halls are closed.
- Gatherings cannot include more than 8 people.
- Food may only be served in restaurants, cafes and bars if the customer is seated.
For more information, visit the official site, run by the Swedish authorities here.
The restrictions and regulations have been tightened for the festive period, but for many people the changes will not have been dramatic. People are still allowed to eat at restaurants, order takeaway and shop in non-essential stores. However, most of the museums and cultural buildings in Stockholm are currently closed, and will be for most of the winter. The climate here doesn’t favour outdoor living but it is advised that any socialising with other households takes places outside.