Sweden has joined the list of countries that have decided to lift COVID-19 restrictions. Swedish authorities have announced that the majority of COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place so far will be lifted on February 9.
Such a decision was made because the country’s situation is currently stable, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Swedish Public Health Agency has assessed that the Omicron variant does not lead to serious illness as the previous variants have done. For this reason, the requirement to submit a certificate of vaccination and other procedures will be canceled.
“The phase-out of measures in response to COVID-19 will begin on February 9, 2022. From that date, measures such as the maximum number of participants for gatherings and public events and the possibility to request vaccination certificates upon entry will be removed,” the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ statement reads.
According to the ministry, the COVID-19 measures will be lifted in two phases. Phase one restrictions will be lifted on February 9, while phase two is set to begin on April 1.
In the first stage, Sweden will eliminate the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination when entering various venues, including public events, bars, restaurants, shopping centers and public transport.
This means that travelers and citizens of the country will be allowed unrestricted entry to the majority of places starting from February 9.
Other restrictions will also be lifted next week. Public gatherings, eating and drinking establishments and shopping centers no longer have a limit on the number of people allowed to be in one area at the same time.
In addition, the requirement that all passengers sit on public transport will also be abolished. Advice against tournaments, competitions, and other social gatherings will also be removed.
The remaining restrictions are expected to be removed on April 1, provided the state does not register increased rates of COVID-19 infection and hospitalizations.
However, it was emphasized that the vaccination recommendation would still apply.
Despite the fact that restrictions will be lifted, the authorities have recommended that everyone over the age of 12 be vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid any future inconveniences.
Denmark has also lifted all of its COVID-19 restrictions. Travelers and Danish citizens are no longer required to wear a mask and present a valid vaccination certificate when arriving at bars, restaurants and other venues. Moreover, the state has also abolished the mandatory quarantine requirement for people who have tested positive.
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