Here are the guidelines for using public transport in Sweden this summer

Here are the guidelines for using public transport in Sweden this summer
A tram approaches the green island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
From June 13th, it will be possible to travel within Sweden as long as you do not have any cold- or flu-like symptoms, but the Public Health Agency has issued guidelines on how to reduce your risk of spreading infection if you need to use public transport.

Since March, the agency has advised against all non-essential trips within the country, although in mid-May this guideline was eased slightly, with journeys equivalent to up to two hours from home by car deemed acceptable. 

From June 13th, the advice against non-essential travel will be scrapped completely. 

But people in Sweden are still expected to follow the other guidelines in place, including staying at home if showing any symptoms of illness, limiting social contacts, keeping distance from others in public, and maintaining good hand hygiene for example.

The Public Health Agency has also asked people to be mindful of the means of transport they use to carry out any travel.

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On June 11th, the Public Health Agency said that people should walk, cycle, or use other means of transport than public transport during the summer if at all possible. If that's not possible, it said that you should opt for a method of transport where you can book a designated seat.

“Travel with means of transport where it is not possible to book a place, such as trams, subways and city buses, should be avoided,” the agency wrote. “Travellers should keep their distance and otherwise follow the directions in public transport and in other public transport.”

So if you do need to use public transport in Sweden this summer, look for an option that gives you a fixed seat and make sure you'll still be able to follow the guidance around social distancing. 

Public transport operators also have responsibilities under the Public Health Agency recommendations. They are required to ensure there are enough services running that passengers can spread out and keep distance onboard, to limit the number of passengers if necessary, and to inform passengers on how they should act to reduce the spread of infection.

The guidance may change in response to the situation in the summer, but you can keep updated by following The Local and the Swedish Public Health Agency.

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