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Temporary COVID-19 Act to enable more communicable disease control measures

8 January 2021 klockan 10.47

Uppdated 8 January 2021 klockan 11.08

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a temporary law and certain legislative amendments to enable more measures to be taken to counteract congestion and thus prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It will be possible to introduce special restrictions for both certain activities and places. The restrictions may for example apply to public gatherings and public events, places for recreational or cultural activities which are open to the public, commercial centres such as shopping centres and malls which are open to the public, public transport and domestic air travel, and places where private gatherings may occur. If necessary, it will be possible to prohibit public gatherings of a certain size at places to which the public have access and close premises that serve food and drink. The temporary COVID-19 Act is to apply from 10 January until the end of September 2021.

The Riksdag has also called on the Government by way of two announcements to act as follows. The Riksdag considers that the right to compensation should be given much more substantial clarification and that a business that is affected by the Government's regulations issued on the basis of the new COVID-19 Act or the Act on Temporary Communicable Disease Control Measures at Venues Serving Food and Drink should, as a rule, receive compensation. The Riksdag has called on the Government by way of an announcement to act in respect of the above. The Riksdag has called on the Government by way of an announcement to keep the relevant Riksdag committee informed when work is in progress at the Government Offices to draw up new regulations on the basis of the new temporary act. The proposals for announcements are based on two committee initiatives.