Sweden keeps 50-person limit on public events, proposes new COVID-19 restrictions

Johan Carlson, the Director General of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and Lena Hallengren, the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, are seen during a COVID-19 press conference in March 2020. On Thursday, they announced group limits would stay in place. (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters)
Sweden’s government held off on changing its 50-person limit on public events and gatherings after it had previously signalled a possible easing to the cap.

At the same time, ministers and the head of the Public Health Agency also presented new proposals for local restrictions, that could include measures like temporarily telling people in certain areas not to use public transportation or visit indoor businesses like restaurants, gyms or shopping centers. They will now be sent out for referral.

Many in the sports world and arts community had hoped for a change but the government said the continued spread of the coronavirus in both Sweden and abroad means the rule must stay in place for the time being.

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For more on why the government is keeping the limits in place, listen to Radio Sweden’s report.

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