At a press conference on Tuesday 7 September, the Swedish Government announced a plan to remove further COVID restrictions on 29 September 2021. A process has now begun to see how the university's COVID measures can be adjusted to follow the national developments.
After 29 September, Sweden is entering what is called Stage 4 in the Government's plan to abolish COVID restrictions. This includes the following
- The limit in number of participants at public gatherings and events is removed.
- The limit in number of participants at private gatherings, in rented premises, for instance, is removed.
- Remaining restrictions for pubs, restaurants and cafés, regarding group sizes and distances between groups, for instance, are removed.
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations on working from home are removed and a gradual return to the workplace can be initiated. A person who has symptoms should still remain at home and get tested, and employers should simplify for staff to work from home in those cases.
(Source: the Swedish Government Offices)
At Umeå University, the University Management has begun the process of adapting the university's COVID-related decision based on the new situation. New information will be announced at the end of next week. Current regulations apply until further notice.
"Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel. We have all looked forward to the day when Sweden can return to a more normal situation. How this return will take place at Umeå University after the Government's new announcement is something we will have to get back to when we have found a solution that suits us," says Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson.
Read the Swedish Government's press release (in Swedish)
If you have questions or comments about the university's information or handling of COVID-19, please contact the Crisis Management Team on email@example.com.