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Sweden announces new Covid-19 guidelines for unvaccinated people

People who have not received a vaccine against Covid-19 should avoid bars, theatres, sports matches, and large events when most of Sweden's restrictions are lifted at the end of the month, the Public Health Agency said on Thursday.

Sweden announces new Covid-19 guidelines for unvaccinated people
No visits to bars, concerts, or sports events for unvaccinated people when restrictions are lifted, according to Public Health Agency advice. Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT

Sweden’s non-binding guidance for individuals during the coronavirus pandemic, including keeping a distance from others in public for example, will be removed from September 29th, the agency’s director Johan Carlson announced at a government press conference. The government has previously confirmed it will remove legal restrictions on bars, restaurants and events from this date.

One piece of guidance which will remain in place for everyone in Sweden regardless of vaccination status is to be attentive to possible Covid-19 symptoms and to stay at home, avoid contact with others and get tested if you suspect you may have the virus. This applies even to fully vaccinated people.

But the recommendations will be replaced with new rules, now specifically targeting adults who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated people should continue to keep distance from people outside their close circle when possible, and in particular avoid close contact with people in Covid-19 risk groups and elderly people. This does not apply to children under 18 or to people who, due to a medical reason, were recommended by their doctor against having the vaccination.

“In practice, this means that unvaccinated people should not go to large events like the theatre, concerts or sports events,” said Carlson. “It is equally unreasonable to go out to bars or go out dancing [if you are unvaccinated].”

This guidance will not be legally enforced and Sweden is not introducing a domestic vaccine pass as many countries have done, requiring guests at events to show proof of either vaccination or a negative test.

“We are assuming that unvaccinated people will take responsibility,” said Carlson.

This is in line with Sweden’s overall coronavirus strategy, which has meant most pandemic restrictions have not been legally enforced.

However, bars, restaurants and large events have been the exception, with the maximum number of people at events restricted by law until September 29th.

Even after the removal of the pandemic laws and recommendations, Carlson noted that Sweden’s Communicable Diseases Act still applies. Under this law, every individual has a legal responsibility to limit their risk of spreading infectious diseases to others.

“You should think through how you can avoid getting infected and how you can avoid infecting others. Vaccination is the best measure, and more people need to get vaccinated in every age group, especially among young and middle-aged adults where the vaccination rate is low,” he said.

Member comments

  1. Interesting, that this news comes up in the same week as Magdalena Andersson (promoted by the World Economic Forum and supporter of the Great Reset and Davos Agenda) wins the backing of her party and will therefore likely become the next PM of Sweden.

    Probably just coincidence. Like so many other things we’ve seen with the Covid narratives.

    But then again, Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

    Hm…

    1. Very good point!

      I hoped we were immune (pardon the pun) to this kind of ‘coincident’ in Sweden. I just hope the people wake up and stand up when she starts tightening the screws..

      1. I wouldn’t count on it.
        In Germany the numbers are all one-dimensional nonsense, the narrative is so transparent and carried out in such a sloppy manner, and still, most people just follow blindly.
        They either don’t care or are busy with their jobs or plain and simply don’t want to question the narrative.
        Cognitive Dissonance. The truth just hurts too much and no one wants to accept that they have been tricked for 1.5 years.

        1. Nice to see your comments, AJ and Marc. There is not enough questioning of the narrative. There are days when I am hopeful and days when I am far from it. Anyways, here’s hoping for more lightbulbs to turn on…

  2. Partly I’m happy to see that they don’t introduce a domestic vaccination pass since until now there is no solution for people who just have the vaccination on a reserve number and no personal ID Number…
    just hope I get a proof for my vaccination until Christmas or at least something I can show the German authorities to proof I’m vaccinated so I can get a German Vaccination pass.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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