Current DIS Stockholm Health and Safety Notifications

DIS Stockholm Health and Safety Notifications

26 February 2021

The Swedish Public Health Agency announced today that as of Monday, March 1st, only one person may be served at each table in places that do not have their own entrance. This means that you can only eat alone inside malls, shopping centers, and department stores.

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  • This article summarizes the new restriction (this page is in Swedish; please use Google Chrome or another translation tool)

24 February 2021

The Swedish Government and Health Authorities held a press conference to announce new measures and remind us of existing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Sweden.

New restrictions include:

  • All cafés and restaurants must close at 8.30 p.m. starting March 1st
  • Shops and stores must enforce a maximum number of people inside at a time
  • Shoppers are asked to shop alone rather than in groups or pairs to reduce crowding

Reminders include:

  • Keep 2 meters social distance and wear a mask when social distance cannot be maintained
  • Stay home when you feel sick and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Remain committed to reducing your social contacts and respecting the gathering limit of 8
  • Follow the new transportation requirements announced yesterday (and summarized below)

DIS Policy Update:

Following yesterday’s mask announcement and discussions with our neighbors, KMH, we now recommend students, faculty, and staff, wear face masks at DIS if you cannot guarantee maintaining 2-meters distance. We continue to prioritize maintaining 2-meters distance throughout DIS classrooms and shared spaces. Of course, students are welcome to wear masks at DIS more often than recommended, if they wish to do so. However, masking is not a replacement for the 2-meter distance requirement.

Should you forget to bring a mask, DIS will maintain a supply at the Hub.

The same recommendations apply to all interactions in the common rooms of your housing or other social interactions. Please keep 2-meters distance and mask when distance cannot be guaranteed. Please remember and remind each other – this is one of the most important recommendations to ensure that we can continue in-person study and maintain your current study abroad experience.

The government also announced that we can expect further restrictions to be announced if COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

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23 February 2021

New COVID-19 recommendations were announced, effective immediately. These measures are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 following a 26% increase in cases in Stockholm in the last week. Test results also show that the British variant is becoming more common.

The new restrictions include:

  • Only travel on public transportation if really necessary.
  • Disposable face masks are recommended on public transportation 24/7. This is in addition to existing recommendations to avoid public transportation during rush hour and maintain a 2 meter distance.
  • Face masks are recommended in all indoor situations where distance cannot be maintained, including in shops, stores, and workplaces. Remember that though face masks are not currently required at DIS, students, staff and faculty are able to wear them whenever they like.

The existing restrictions, including those limiting the sales of alcohol and gathering numbers also remain in place. Please see the February 11 update below for more details.

It is widely expected that additional COVID-19 announcements will come from Swedish authorities tomorrow.

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11 February 2021

Sweden’s concerns about a possible third COVID-19 wave in Sweden have led the government to extend current restrictions until February 28. Amongst these, the limitation of sales of alcohol, limits on gathering numbers and restrictions on travelling on public transportation. Please click the below links for more information.

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