February 24, 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
- 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.
- The Local article and this Radio Sweden soundbite outline these new restrictions
- COVID-19 statistics from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention