Sweden seeks new powers to limit movement during pandemic

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. The government wants to legislation to help better control public gathering. (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters)
The government wants to introduce new temporary legislation giving them powers to limit people’s rights to visit beaches, use public transport and shopping centres in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The proposed law may infringe on freedoms protected by the constitution, including freedom of movement, so Health Minister Lena Hallengren says they must be careful about how it is brought in, and this means the proposed law won’t be introduced until summer 2021.

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For more on why the Swedish government is pursuing new powers, listen here to Radio Sweden’s full report.
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One thought on “Sweden seeks new powers to limit movement during pandemic

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 07:43

    Fake news Sweden just lifted all restrictions

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