The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 18 March 2020

Public gatherings

Public gatherings

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    You should avoid any large social gathering such as parties, weddings, funerals and other events attracting many people at the same time.

    Funerals should not be cancelled since it is an important part of the grieving process. Plan for a smaller farewell ceremony instead. The Church of Sweden has more information on how to proceed with funerals and farewell ceremonies.

    You can find information on funerals and farewell ceremonies within other traditions than the Church of Sweden at The Swedish Agency for Support to Faith Communities (in Swedish).

    Prior to all events and public gatherings, the Public Health Agency recommends that the organisers do a risk assessment. A model for assessing and addressing potential risks is available here (in Swedish).

    Updated: 11/6/2020 11:12:18 AM

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    According to the general guidelines published by the Public Health Agency, public transport operators should:

    • provide enough services to avoid crowding,
    • limit the number of passengers per vehicle, and
    • inform their passengers about how to minimise the risk of disease transmission.

    Updated: 6/22/2020 1:33:17 PM

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    Venues serving food and drink have to take precautionary measures to avoid crowding. This means, for example, limiting the number of visitors in the establishment so that dining parties can keep a distance of at least one meter from each other, and that the size of one dining party is limited to four people. Serving venues also have to offer hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser, and to inform the visitors about how to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

    Updated: 12/23/2020 8:57:18 AM

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    Workplaces and schools are not covered by the ban on public gatherings with more than eight people, but they should consider minimising activities that gather many people.

    Businesses and organisations in Sweden must take note of the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden or County Medical Officers and do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that:

    • Shops and shopping centres must do what they can to limit the number of people on their premises at any one time. They should come up with alternative arrangements for checkout queues and advise customers how far apart they need to stand.
    • Employers can also ease the situation for their employees by:
      - Supporting employees who are on sick leave. Anyone confirmed positive with COVID-19 should stay at home for at least seven days after falling ill. Before returning to work one should have completely recovered and have had at least two days with no fever.
      - Adapting the workplace so that staff are at no risk of infection.
      - Arranging for the staff to be able to keep a physical distance from each other.
      - Making it possible for staff to regularly wash their hands with water and soap or use alcohol-based hand rub.
      - Making it possible for staff to work at home where possible.
      - Adjusting working hours so that staff can avoid travelling in the rush ho
    • Associations and clubs should postpone annual meetings and other similar meetings if possible, or hold meetings digitally.

    It is important to keep a distance from other people, both indoors and outdoors in places where many people gather, e.g. in restaurants and shopping centers.

    See for information about local general guidelines (in Swedish). 

    Updated: 12/23/2020 9:05:53 AM