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COVID-19 Update #25: New regional COVID-19 recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden
November 2, 2020

1. On October 29, the Public Health Agency (PHA) of Sweden published stricter guidelines and recommendations for some regions in Sweden in response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in those areas. These new recommendations — published in Swedish on the PHA website — state that, effective immediately, individuals in Stockholm, Västra Götaland, and Östergötland counties should:

Refrain from staying in indoor environments such as shops, malls, museums, libraries, swimming facilities, and gyms. Necessary visits, such as to grocery stores and pharmacies, can be made.
Refrain from attending meetings, concerts, performances, sports training, matches and competitions. However, this does not apply to sports training for children and young people born in 2005 or later.
If possible, avoid physical contact with people other than those you live with. This includes attending or organizing parties or similar social gatherings.
These recommendations are valid until November 19 but could be extended by the PHA. Travelers and residents in Sweden may also review this Public Health Agency website (in Swedish) which lists all region-specific advice, or this Public Health Agency COVID-19 FAQ (in English).

2. Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen for limited consular services on Thursday, November 12.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please visit the following websites:

The White House-CDC coronavirus website.
U.S. Department of State’s Travel.State.Gov website
U.S. Embassy webpage on COVID-19 https://se.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/ for information on conditions in Sweden.

Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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