Information regarding the coronavirus

The Municipality of Oskarshamn pays close attention to updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) on the coronavirus. The Municipality of Oskarshamn cooperates closely with other autorities and municipalities, and is ready to act on any new developments.

The government is tightening restrictions before the Christmas weekend

The government is tightening a number of restrictions ahead of the Christmas and New Year weekend. Most restrictions apply from December 24 to January 24.

  • A maximum of four people can sit together at the same table in restaurants. Valid from 24 December.
  • Alcohol sales may not take place after 8 pm. Valid from 24 December.
  • The maximum number of people who visit shopping centers, larger stores, gyms, etc. is limited. The exact number is governed by the size of the room.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden urges all physical stores to refrain from the traditional after-Christmas sale in order to reduce congestion.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends face masks in public transports in connection with work commuting and at other times when it is difficult to avoid congestion. The new guidelines will apply from 7 January.
  • Everyone who is able to, should work from home. This applies to the state, regions, municipalities and the private sector. Valid immediately and until January 24.
  • All activities within the state, municipalities and regions that are not necessary should be closed immediately until 24 January. This applies, for example, to bathhouses, sports halls and museums.
  • Upper secondary schools will use distance education until January 24. The upper secondary special school is exempt.

Stricter national regulations and general guidelines

From 14 December, stricter national regulations and general guidelines on everyone's responsibility to prevent covid-19 infection apply. At the same time, the local general councils that apply in Kalmar County are repealed. Everyone in society, both individuals and those responsible for for workplaces and businesses, has an obligation to take measures to prevent the spread of infection. 

This also applies to celebrations, which means that we get to celebrate Christmas and New Year with a smaller circle of people. Eight people is the new norm for all social situations even during the big holidays.

We will also, among other things:

  • limit new close contacts by only hanging out with the people we normally meet. For example, it could be those we live with or just a few friends or relatives outside the household.
  • avoid being part of several different groups.
  • hang out outdoors if possible and keep as much distance as possible.
  • avoid being close to each other, especially in smaller spaces for an extended period of time.
  • avoid crowded places and, if possible, shop alone.
  • avoid traveling unless necessary. If necessary, the travel should be carried out in a way that minimises the risk of spreading infection.
  • conduct sports and leisure activities in a way that minimizes the risk of infection
  • work from home as often as possible.

The decision also includes stricter general recommendations for workplaces and businesses – such as shops, shopping centres and sports facilities.

  • All businesses should take steps to ensure that each and every one can follow the general recommendations. Employers should take measures such as encouraging personnel to work from home, offering more opportunities for remote work and postponing business travel, conferences and other physical meetings.
  • Other businesses can minimise the number of visitors present on their premises at the same time, adapt opening hours or offer digital alternatives.

Special restrictions for public gatherings and events

As of 24 November 2020, a maximum of 8 persons is allowed at public gatherings and events. This also applies to seated audiences. This restriction is applicable until further notice. An exception is made for funerals, where a maximum of 20 persons is allowed.

This decision affects some of the Municipality operations, and events arranged by the Municipality.

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. 

Oskarshamn Municipality is taking the following measures

Due to stricter national regulations and general guidelines, the Oskarshamn Municipality is taking the following measures. The list of actions will be updated regularly.

Oskarshamn municipality as an employer has tightened the restrictions for meetings, travel and training for employees, and encourages those who can work from home to do so - but there are of course many businesses that can not be run remotely.

Culture and leisure

Sports facilities

Sports facilities indoors are closed. and outdoors, are closed to companies and individuals. The facilities are open for professional sports, which in Oskarshamn municipality means IK Oskarshamn and Oskarshamns AIK's elite team. The sports facilities outdoors are open, but the associations or the individual must follow the general advice and avoid congestion. Changing rooms are closed.

Free cancellation applies to tenants during the period.

Public swimming pool

The swimming pool is closed. The changing rooms for the swimming pool are closed for customers to the gym.

Free cancellation applies to tenants during the period.

Motionsgården in Havslätt

Motionsgården in  Havslätt is closed.

Community youth centre

Community youth centres are closed from 22 December 2020 to 24 January 2021. Community youth centres reorganize and adapt the activities for young people born in 2005 and later. The activities offered take place outdoors, in small groups and for limited hours. The community youth centres will continue to be open as usual during school hours, provided that the schools do not switch to distance learning.

Artificial frozen bandy court

We will not prepare the artificially frozen bandy court this season.

Library and Kulturbussen

From 4 January 2021, our libraries will reopen. The Swedish Public Health Agency has removed libraries from its list of which municipal activities should be closed, as libraries are covered by the Library Act and is a community service that according to law must be available to everyone.

The City Library, the public library branches and Kulturbussen are closed as meeting places and are only kept open for lending books and other media. The following applies from 4 January 2021:

  • Regular opening hours (regular timetable for Kulturbussen's general tours)
  • Only lending of books and other media
  • No newspaper reading
  • No studies
  • No access to public computers
  • No possibilities for printing or copying

The school libraries are part of the school's activities and as long as the schools are open, the school libraries are still open.

The City Library offers take-away loans –  You can call the City Library and tell which books you want to borrow. When we have collected your books, we will call you and agree on when it is convenient for you to pick up the books. We meet you outside the library so you do not have to go inside. Telephone number of the City Library: 0491-880 10.

Museums and art galleries

The Döderhultar Museum, the Maritime Museum and Oskarshamn Art Gallery are closed.

School and education

School cafeteria

The school cafeterias are open with adaptations. Serving for external guests is closed.

Oscarsgymnasiet

From 7 January to 24 January 2021, education and teaching at Oscarsgymnasiet will take place completely digitally. For students for whom distance teaching does not work for various reasons, the possibilities for teaching in school must be investigated. Examinations that cannot be performed at a distance and in-person obligations that cannot be postponed, such as national tests are also exempt from this new recommendation. Students who are affected by this will be informed by their teachers or their principal.

The upper-secondary special school continues to conduct its activities on site in the school's premises.

For students enrolled at Oscarsgymnasiet, it is possible to order lunch boxes while the teaching is given at a distance. High school students order lunch boxes through a special e-service and pick up at their nearest school.

Preschool and primary school

All leaving and picking up children at preschools and schools are done outdoors. Exceptions may need to be done at the beginning and end of the day, taking into account the individual preschool's conditions, but the main rule is leaving/picking up outdoors. 

Distance teaching for students in grades 7-9.  After consultation with the County Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases for the Kalmar County Region, the education administration has decided that all education and teaching at the municipality's three primary schools in grades 7-9 shall take place digitally until 24 January.

The County Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases justifies the recommended measure with the strained infection situation in the county, and the same recommendation has been given to all municipalities in the county.

The special primary school continues to conduct its activities on site in the school's premises.

The students will be able to pick up lunch from the nearest school. For example, a student who goes to Rödsleskolan but lives in Figeholm should pick up lunch at Figeholmsskolan. Lunch can be picked up at all municipal schools, but not Misterhultsskolan which is an independent school. Students do not have to pre-register to pick up lunch.

Change of residence time for children who are in preschool 15 hours per week

Children who are in preschool 15 hours per week, and whose placement in preschool is based on public preschool or that their parents are unemployed or on parental leave, are offered preschool only between 08.00–11.00 am, Monday to Friday. This applies from 19 December 2020 to 21 February 2021.

Open preschool

Open preschool Trollsländan is closed.

School of Arts

Where it works, operations continue digitally. Some individual tuition may continue with local adaptation for children born in 2005 or later.

Komvux and SFI

From 7 January to 24 January 2021 Komvux conducts all of the teaching digitally. Excluded are Yrkesvux, Lärvux and SFI course A.

Nova

Nova switches to digital teaching.

Elderly care and activities for elderly

Meeting places for elderly

To minimize the spread of covid-19, our meeting places for elderly (Träffpunkten) are closed until further notice.

The restaurants Solbacka and Nyhem

The restaurants Solbacka and Nyhem are only open for take-away.

Other activities

Miljöhuset Återbruk

Miljöhuset Återbruk is closed to customers and does not collect things from homes of private individuals.

Kalejdo

Kalejdo has paused all physical meetings and activities. The groups that can be held digitally are held via Teams and as live broadcasts in "Group for Kalejdo" on Facebook.

When may children and students attend preschool and school despite having mild symptoms

Starting on the 10th of September, the following applies:

  • Preschool children sometimes have mild symptoms, which quickly go away and are not signs of illness. In that case, the child does not need to stay home from preschool. This kind of symptoms includes, for example, a single cough or having a runny nose after having been outside. 
  • If a guardian is sick, he or she should not leave or pick up their children at a preschool or school.
  • Children and students of all ages living with someone who has covid-19 are recommended to stay at home.
  • Children and adults that get symptoms which pass quickly (for example, if you wake up feeling slightly ill but feel completely well already the next day) do not need to be tested for covid-19. However, in order to be sure that you do not get sick, you need to remain at home, being symptom free, for an additional two days. After this, you may return to preschool, school, work and other activities.  
  • To be tested for covid-19 in Region Kalmar County, you should have had any of the following symptoms for at least 24 hours: coughing, fever, runny nose, blocked nose, sore throat, diarrhoea or a loss of taste and smell. You can read more about testing at 1177.se. Young people between the ages of 13 and 17 need to log in to 1177.se themselves to order a test for covid-19. At 1177.se you can read more about how young people can get BankID or Freja eID Plus, which is needed to log in (in Swedish)
  • If the child or student has not received their test result within seven days after the illness started, but has been healthy and fever-free for the past two days, it is possible to return to preschool, school or another of our activities.
  • As students are home from school due to symptoms, they are not alowed to participate in other activities organized by the municipal Education Department. Examples of such activities are community youth centres and school of arts.

City preschools and schools actively work to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, and preschool staff will contact parents and caretakers to come pick up children who show respiratory symptoms, even mild symptoms.

Children and students should only be dropped off and picked up by persons that are healthy and symptom-free.

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.

Information i arabic (pdf).

Information in other languages

Help reducing the spread of the virus

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and have symptoms such as cough, fever, body ache, shortness of breath or even just a runny nose.
  • Avoid seeing other people than the ones you live with.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizers.
  • Keep your distance from other people, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Be careful when visiting people who are aged 70+ or belong to an at-risk group. 
  • Avoid large social gatherings. 
  • The Foreign Office of Sweden advice against travelling abroad.

Help reducing the spread of the virus in other languages - The Public Health Agency of Sweden

If you have symptoms and need advice, please call the Kalmar Region health line 1177 (phone number +461177). The support line is answered and staffed by medical personnel.

1177 website

If you have questions about the coronavirus and covid-19, that are not related to symtoms, please call the national information line 113 13.

Protecting risk groups

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus covid-19 infection. Please note that respiratory tract infections can be life-threatening to older people.

We must all do everything we can to minimize the spread of the virus. 

Covid-19 Test für ausländische Besucher

Touristen aus dem Ausland, die sich in Schweden aufhalten, haben ein Anrecht auf akute notwendige medizinische Betreuung.
Ausländische Besucher, die den Verdacht haben an Covid-19 erkrankt zu sein, können sich an das nächstgelegene „Hälsocentral“/Gesundheitszentrum in Kalmar län wenden, um einen Termin für einen Coronatest zu vereinbaren. Region Kalmar län testet nur Personen mit Symptom. Symptomfreie Personen werden nicht getestet. Eine Garantie dafür, dass ein Test durchgeführt werden kann und dass das Ergebnis rechtzeitig vor der Heimreise vorliegt kann nicht gegeben werden.

Covid-19 test for foreign tourists

Tourists staying in Sweden have the right to urgent, necessary care.
Foreign citizens who suspect that they have covid-19 may turn to the nearest Health Care Center in Kalmar County to book a time for sampling. Only people with symptoms will be tested. Symptom-free people will not be provided test for covid-19.
No guarantee can be given that sampling can be done and that the answer of the analysis is ready before returning home

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.

Swedish authorities on the coronavirus