Mayor of Stockholm looks forward to ‘bright spring’ as the city begins to reopen

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Sweden joined neighboring Denmark and Norway in lifting the majority of coronavirus restrictions yesterday. Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr thanked all institutions and individuals who worked hard during the crisis and expressed hope that the city would soon be able to become its old self again.

Mayor König Jerlmyr stated on social media: ‘’February 9 is a date many of us have been longing for. As of today, most pandemic restrictions have been lifted and we can finally say that we are opening up Stockholm for real. Let’s hope it’s for good this time.’’

‘’I would like to start by extending a warm thank you to all of you who made the city work during the pandemic. You who have worked hard for two years, whether it was in elderly care, home care, schools, or in any of the city’s important activities. The same applies, of course, to all of you who have done the same important work in independent organisations,’’ mayor of Stockholm also stated.

According to the new regulations, bars and restaurants will no longer be required to close at 11 p.m. Furthermore, the requirement for vaccination passes to enter public venues, as well as the recommendation to wear a mask on public transportation during rush hours, are being eliminated. The rules regarding social gatherings have also been loosened.

‘’Thanks to the high vaccination rate, combined with fewer cases of serious disease, Stockholm can now begin to return to normal and our city can become itself again. At the same time, remember to be considerate and look after each other, as the pandemic is not over yet. I also hope that even more people will get vaccinated,’’ mayor König Jerlmyr continued.

A large majority of adults in Sweden, a country with a population of approximately 10 million people, have already been vaccinated against the disease. Despite a recent surge of infections, the number of hospitalisations remained relatively stable, allowing Sweden to move towards easing the restrictions.

‘’Now I am very much looking forward to a bright spring with more life and movement in Stockholm. Let us hope that the fourth wave was the last and that we will now be able to enjoy our wonderful city,’’ mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr concluded. (photo credit: Catalina Johnson/Unsplash)