The Swedish authorities have introduced new restrictive measures in bars, pubs and restaurants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country, which has seen 73,344 cases and 5,447 deaths since the pandemic started.
Earlier regulations did not provide specific measures for the hotel industry, although shops and bars were asked to reduce the safety distance between customers and to avoid any kind of overcrowding, according to the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter”.
The Swedish authorities, which have been heavily criticized for providing inconsistent safety clearance information and guidelines, have now envisaged a distance of at least one meter between customers.
As of Tuesday, the local authorities can close any premises that do not comply with the rules and do not maintain the separating knife between customers. In addition, health inspectors have started carrying out inspection tasks in the capital cities.
As a result, 40 rooms have to be temporarily closed as there is a greater risk of coronavirus overcrowding and spread.