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Sweden approves pandemic law, first measures
Friday 8th January 2021
Stockholm - With a new pandemic law, the Swedish government has secured the possibility of more far-reaching measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The Diet in Stockholm voted for the law today. It is provisionally valid until September 2021.
The government also decided today to take the first concrete measures that will apply when the law comes into force on Sunday.
For fitness studios, sports facilities, swimming pools, shops and shopping malls, among other things, there will then be legally binding restrictions, said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press conference today. These rules should ensure that crowds are avoided.
Fitness studios, shops and other facilities would have to calculate a maximum number of simultaneous visitors, added Social Minister Lena Hallengren. Each visitor must be given ten square meters of space.
The participation limit for public gatherings remains at eight people, said Löfven. From Sunday, however, this also applies to private events that take place in party rooms or other rented rooms.
Hallengren had made it clear this morning that the main purpose of the law was not to close facilities. Rather, they want to be able to make much more specific restrictions in order to avoid crowds in different places.
Anyone who clearly violates such measures risked a fine, said Hallengren in the station's morning studio SVT. The Swedish strategy had so far been based on relatively frank recommendations and appeals to the common sense.
Sweden currently has relatively high corona numbers again compared to the rest of Europe. The number of new infections in the past 14 days was calculated down to the population about two and a half times as high as in Germany.
Already in the first corona peak in spring, the Swedes had significantly higher numbers of infections and deaths compared to the rest of Scandinavia and Germany. © dpa / aerzteblatt.de
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