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The Swedish Government Has Been Granted Wider Shutdown Powers And Intends To Use Them

Katherine Notman Katherine Notman

The Swedish Government Has Been Granted Wider Shutdown Powers And Intends To Use Them

The new shutdown law is unlike anything we’ve seen previously.

Today a new bill was passed, in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. This new law gives government the ability to temporarily shutdown public areas such as shopping centres, if it feels that they need to be closed. It also gives them the ability to impose fines on people who do not adhere to social distancing rules.

Up until now, the country’s Covid-19 rules have worked on a psuedo-voluntary basis. However, as of today things could change very quickly, as mandatory restrictions could be imposed.

Health and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren had this to say about the new law:

‘This is first and foremost about measures to hinder the spread of the virus, but without imposing unnecessary limits on things that can be done without risking infection.’

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These new powers were originally supposed to come into effect in March, but now they will come into effect on January 10. Moreover, PM Stefan Loftven assured SVT that the new bill will be used soon.

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