Sweden Essentially Declares Pandemic Over, Will No Longer Classify COVID-19 as a Danger to Society
Sweden scrapped almost all of its few pandemic restrictions on Wednesday (Feb. 9) and stopped most testing requirements for SARS-CoV-2, even as some scientists begged the government not to.
Sweden, which throughout the pandemic has opted against lockdowns in favor of a voluntary approach, announced last week it would scrap the remaining restrictions—essentially declaring the pandemic over.
“As we know this pandemic, I would say it’s over,” Minister of Health Lena Hallengren told local media. “It’s not over, but as we know it in terms of quick changes and restrictions it is,” she said, adding that COVID-19 would no longer be classified as a danger to society.
As of Wednesday, bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open after 11 p.m. again, and with no limits on the number of guests. Attendance limits for larger indoor venues were also lifted, as was the use of COVID-19 vaccine passes.