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Travel Restrictions Within Sweden Are Lifted

Stefan Löfven

Now the advice is not lifted from unnecessary trips in Sweden.

From June 13, all symptom-free people will be allowed to travel freely domestically, states Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S).

– Every trip this summer should be done with caution as a key word, says Löfven at a press conference.

For the hard-pressed visitor industry, the news is very welcome.

It was in mid-May that Stefan Löfven changed the travel restrictions in Sweden. Since the Swedish Public Health Authority has refrained from all unnecessary trips within Sweden, the Prime Minister chose to allow car trips, within one to two hours.

Now the travel restrictions are being abolished, as DN and Expressen could tell earlier on Thursday.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) confirms the information at a press conference. The new message means that symptom-free people are expected to be able to travel freely in Sweden from Saturday, June 13, on the grounds that the burden on care has decreased.

– This is as long as people take responsibility and follow advice on social distance. But also that the authorities and municipalities concerned take measures to prevent the spread of infection.

– The message does not mean that the danger is over and that life becomes as usual. Other restrictions remain, says Stefan Löfven.

“We are very positive that the travel restrictions are now lifted”
The message is welcomed by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce:

– It creates conditions for the tourism industry to at least attract domestic tourists, which is very important. At the same time, the problem remains that the month of May has also been very weak and is not covered by the government’s restructuring aid. Therefore, it would be wise to extend that support for another time, says Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO, in a statement.

Vista, the trade association for the hospitality industry, receives the decision with relief.

– We are very positive that the travel restrictions are now lifted. This will mean that more Swedish and some foreign tourists can book and visit hotels, restaurants, cafes, campsites and other companies in the tourism industry that are dependent on summer tourism. We hope that this will help the wheels to start spinning again, says Jonas Siljhammar, CEO of Visita, in a statement.

“Caution as a key word”
The restrictions that are fixed include the prohibition on visiting elderly people and prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 persons.

– Every trip this summer should be done with caution as a key word. Every person belonging to the risk group should still be protected. If the curve of the seriously ill turns up again, new restrictions will come. So everyone needs to be set for everyday life to be different. Everyone needs to cure for a bit more, says Stefan Löfven.

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