Information in other languages regarding the coronavirus
The risk of community transmission of the coronavirus in Sweden is currently very high, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).
The City of Stockholm pays close attention to updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) on the coronavirus. The City of Stockholm cooperates closely with other autorities and municipalities, and is ready to act on any new developments.
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Help reducing the spread of the virus
- Stay at home if you have a fever, a cough, a runny nose or a sore throat. Stay at home until you have been symptom free for at least two days.
- To protect the most vulnerable, it is currently not allowed to visit care homes for the elderly.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Or use hand sanitizers.
- The Foreign Office of Sweden advice against travelling abroad.
If you have questions about the coronavirus and covid-19, that are not related to symptoms, please call the national information line 113 13.
Since 18 March 2020, the Swedish government recommends distance education for upper secondary schools, vocational training, and municipal adult education. Until further notice. No regular education will take place in the school facilities. However, upper secondary schools will stay be open to students who want to use equipment or in other ways need educational support from teachers.
Upper secondayry schools in Stockholm already have established routines and tools for digital learning, and are well prepared to carry out distance education. Each school or educational institution will decide how to organise and carry out the dictance learning based on their respective prerequisites.
Schools and preschools
The Swedish Government has decided on temporarily changed regulations for Swedish schools. This will allow the head of each school to adapt education and school activities to the current situation.
Children and adults with cold symptoms and fever shall stay at home and not attend preschools or schools. This applies until symptom free, and 48 hours after that.
City preschools and schools actively work to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, and preschool staff will contact parents and caretakers to come and pick up children who are not well.
If you as a parent or caretaker feel concern due to the coronavirus, and want your child to stay at home, you need to apply for absence based on the school’s regular routines.
Stockholm School of the Arts (Kulturskolan)
Stockholm School of the Arts will cancel its ordinary education for a period of time and switch to digital education and meetings.
Protecting risk groups
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus covid-19 infection and we must do everything we can to protect their health. It is currently not allowed to visit nursing homes in Stockholm - a decission taken 19 March. Visits at hospitals and other places where risk groups may be should be avoided if possible.
Recommendations to the elderly
If you are over the age of 70 recommendations are that you stay away from places or situations where you might be exposed to the virus. We understand that many find this difficult, but if you can - ask for help with grocery shopping and other errands.
If you don’t receive the help you need from friends and relatives, you can contact the City of Stockholm helpline Äldre direkt. They can answer your questions and assist you in getting in touch with City employees that can help in your city district. You can reach Äldre direkt via E-mail as well. (Due to large volumes of calls riht now, it might take longer than usual to get through by phone).
Phone number Äldre direkt: 08-80 65 65
Many activities for the elderly are cancelled
To minimize the spread of covid-19, many elderly activities and meeting places arranged by the City will be cancelled until further notice.
Posters at entrances of City operations will inform you of what activities have been cancelled together with contact information.
The Swedish Government has decided to temporarily forbid arranging events and gatherings of more than 500 people (attendees, participators and staff included), indoor as well as outdoor.
This decision affects some of the City operations, and events arranged by the City.
Organisers of events will provide information to those who planned to attend events that will now be cancelled. If you have questions about already purchased tickets and such, information will be found on the website of the organiser.
The City's three museums; Stadsmuseet, Medeltidsmuseet and Liljewalchs will stay closed from 23 March and until further notice.
Avoid sharing unconfirmed information
We can all help by not spreading rumors, evaluate the source of information critically, and only share confirmed and reliable facts.