Current DIS Stockholm Health and Safety Notifications

DIS Stockholm Health and Safety Notifications

March 31, 2022

The Swedish Government has made the decision, under the advice of the Swedish Health Authority, to no longer classify COVID-19 as a threat to society. This change will take place on April 1st.

Many restrictions were already lifted earlier this year. The change in classification is mostly of technical nature. With the change in classification, DIS has decided not to continue the COVID-19 surveillance testing program. DIS will continue to have COVID-19 rapid self-tests available at the Student Hub and will have the Rapid Response team available to provide guidance and support.

The following guidelines are still applicable, and all students are expected to follow them:

  • Stay home when sick! Take a self-test and follow isolation rules if you test positive or continue to have symptoms. Consult the DIS COVID-19 flowchart for up-to-date guidance.
  • PCR tests are reserved for those who cannot work or study from home, so you may not be able to get a PCR test even if you are symptomatic. Stay home even if you receive a negative quick-test result but have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Swedish border restrictions vary for entry from outside the country. Please be sure you understand the regulations, as well as any requirements for the countries you plan to visit on independent travel.
  • The recommendation to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible is still emphasized. Vaccinated people are far less likely to be seriously ill due to COVID-19. Special recommendations for those who have not yet been vaccinated will remain in effect in Sweden. Contact the DIS Care Team if you would like to get vaccinated.
  • Please continue to do what you can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the DIS community by taking your personal responsibility seriously.

 

March 16, 2022

In light of the Russian attack on Ukraine, Swedish officials have made the following recommendations for everyone in Sweden:

  • Update passwords on various platforms and use good cybersecurity practices to prevent potential cyberattacks. Read additional cybersecurity recommendations in The Local article, and at ready.gov (an official U.S. Government website).
  • Be aware of, but not alarmed by greater military presence across Sweden in the coming weeks, and do not take photos or share information on military movements that you may witness.

Some of the news in Sweden has discussed preparing to defend the country against a potential Russian attack, which may sound concerning. Please be assured that there is no current direct threat in Sweden from Russia. Neither the U.S. Government nor any EU government is advising against travel to Sweden as a result of the attack on Ukraine.

The Swedish Armed Forces will hold weekly press conferences on Thursdays at 15:00, and DIS will continue to monitor the situation. We are committed to the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. We recognize the uneasiness that you may be feeling and the DIS Care Team is available to support you. Contact the DIS Care Team at care@disstockholm.se as needed.

Swedish Cultural Context on Emergency Preparedness

Sweden has strong institutions and a high level of trust amongst citizens and public institutions. This includes information sharing when the status quo changes. Swedes are expected to stay up to date (usually through press conferences) and make informed decisions.

There is also a tradition of emergency preparedness for Swedish society as a whole, in order to increase the overall resilience of the country. The belief is that all parts of society, including individual citizens, have a role to play in a variety of emergencies including winter storms, foreign attacks (cyber or otherwise), power outages, wildfires, etc. Many Swedes will revisit their own level of emergency preparedness at home (e.g. stocking up on food or checking flashlight batteries in case of a temporary power outage), to be responsible citizens and support society.

See more about last week’s press conference and stay up to date through the following sources:

 

February 24, 2022

DIS is saddened to follow the developments in Ukraine, and extend our sympathies to anyone who is personally affected or for those with family and friends in the area.

DIS is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine, with extra consideration for the upcoming travel week for students across Europe. The security situation in Denmark and Sweden is currently stable and continuing as normal.

Students departing next week on Study Tours will be contacted directly should any adjustments to current travel plans become necessary.

Students who will be traveling independently should stay up-to-date with the ongoing developments, and follow guidance from the local government of the country (or countries) that they are traveling to. Read more about guidelines on the Safety Measures for Independent Travel page.

The DIS Care Team is available to support students as needed, and can be contacted at care@disstockholm.se.

 

February 7, 2022

As of February 9, Sweden will remove nearly all COVID-19 restrictions.

DIS follows local health regulations and public health guidance. This means the following requirements remain, and the lack of other restrictions make these even more important for the DIS community:

  • Stay home when sick! Take a self-test and follow isolation rules if you test positive or continue to have symptoms. Consult the DIS COVID-19 flowchart for up-to-date guidance.
  • PCR tests are reserved for those who cannot work or study from home, so you may not be able to get a PCR test even if you are symptomatic. Stay home even if you receive a negative quick-test result but have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The DIS surveillance testing program continues to require at least once monthly testing for all students.
  • Swedish border restrictions vary for entry from outside the country. Please be sure you understand these as well as any requirements for the countries you plan to visit.
  • The recommendation to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible is still emphasized. Vaccinated people are far less likely to be seriously ill due to COVID-19. Special recommendations for those who have not yet been vaccinated will remain in effect in Sweden. Contact the DIS Care Team if you would like to get vaccinated.

Please continue to do what you can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the DIS community by taking your personal responsibility seriously.

More information about the decision to remove COVID-19 restrictions can be found in The Local Sweden article.

 

January 13, 2022

Based on the most recent recommendations by Swedish authorities, DIS will follow the guidelines below.

At DIS Stockholm

  • Classes will take place in-person
  • Avoid crowding
  • Wear a mask if you prefer, and when crowding cannot be avoided
  • Wash/sanitize your hands often
  • Stay at home and join class remotely if you feel unwell
  • Book a COVID-19 PCR test if you experience COVID-19 symptoms. Refer to the DIS COVID-19 Protocol Flowchart to see how to book a test
  • Contact the DIS Health and Safety Emergency Phone at +46 721 412 862 immediately if you test positive

General Guidelines by Swedish Authorities

  • Stay home and avoid close contact with others if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Get a PCR test if you experience symptoms for more than 24 hours
  • Keep distance from others and avoid crowded spaces overall
  • Limit the number of close contacts you have (avoid large dinner parties and social gatherings)
  • Only use public transportation when necessary and try to avoid rush hours. Wear a mask when commuting and when you are unable to social distance
  • When travelling outside Sweden, get tested for COVID-19 immediately after returning to Sweden
  • Restaurants and bars close at 11:00 PM. All customers must be seated, and groups cannot be larger than 8 people
  • Public events may only admit guests with COVID-19 certifications (Covidpass), which is currently only available to EU citizens (DIS will keep you updated should this change)
  • Culture and leisure (such as gyms, swimming pools, museums and art galleries) remain open, but will have COVID-19 mitigation measures in place. DIS recommends you contact the location directly before attending, to confirm what measures they have in place and if a Covidpass is required