Thursday. 28.09.2023

The Swedish government has introduced tougher measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, as case numbers soar.

Pubs and restaurants with bar licences and others must close by 11 pm from Wednesday onwards and groups are capped at eight in those establishments. The government said the measure was to prevent an excessive burden on the health-care system.

People have also been told to work from home if possible, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told a press conference on Monday.

Adults have also been advised to restrict their close contacts when meeting indoors.

The government is also reducing the limits allowed to attend public events or private gatherings in pubs.

It is also extending earlier restrictions, according to a list from the public health agency.

Burden on the health system

Andersson said there was a significant burden on the health system and that all of the restrictions were temporary.

The measures are likely to be needed until mid-February, according to the health authority, but they are to be reviewed every 14 days.

Sweden took a relatively liberal path at the start of the pandemic only introducing moderate restrictions, coupled with appeals to the public's common sense.

Sweden brings in stricter health measures, restricts pubs, catering