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.
On Thursday 27 May, the County Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases in Kalmar County decided that most of the regional recommendations will be lifted from Monday 31 May. What remains is the recommendation on using face mask in the event of an established infection in the workplace.
The Government’s plan for phasing out restrictions
On Thursday 27 May, the Government presented its plan for phasing out the restrictions that were put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government plans to adapt and phase out the restrictions that were put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The plan is divided into five stages starting from 1 June. Prior to each stage, an assessment will be made based on the spread of infection, pressure on healthcare services and levels of vaccination coverage in the population.
- The first stage will begin on 1 June 2021 and involve a number of easing measures, such as new participation ceilings for general gatherings and public events. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Sweden will no longer advise against tournaments and camps for children.
- The second stage is planned to begin on 1 July 2021. This stage will see, for example, the further extension of opening hours at venues serving food and drink, and the advice to only meet people in your immediate circle will be removed.
- The third stage is provisionally set to start on 15 July 2021. The restrictions on long-distance public transport and regulations limiting the number of people per square metre in indoor and outdoor settings are planned to be removed.
- It is estimated that the fourth stage will begin in September 2021. The plan is to remove restrictions on participant numbers for public gatherings, public events and private gatherings, among other things. Restrictions in the restaurant sector will also be eased.
- No date has been set for the fifth stage. This stage will involve lifting all remaining restrictions, including rules to prevent crowding in shopping venues and for cultural and leisure activities. The general recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on avoiding crowds, working from home and maintaining particularly careful hand hygiene will be lifted.
In the event of a changed or worsening situation, the plan may need to be amended.
National regulations and general advice to reduce the spread of covid-19
National regulations and general advice come into force about everyone's responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Everyone in society has an obligation to take measures to prevent the spread of infection.
Oskarshamn Municipality is taking the following measures
Due to national regulations and general advice, 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
Public swimming pool
From Monday 30 August, the swimming pool is open to the public almost as usual. You can visit the swimming pool to do exercise swimming, swim in the adventure area, take a sauna, go to aqua aerobics and rehab and more.
If you want to visit the swimming pool on weekdays, you are welcome when it suits you (drop-in), but on weekends you must book an appointment.
The changing rooms for the swimming pool are also opened for customers to the gym.
Motionsgården in Havslätt
Motionsgården in Havslätt opens on September 1. The sauna opens on October 1.
Preschool, school and education
Open preschool Trollsländan is closed.
For the autumn term, the transition from distance education to on-site teaching will take place gradually in an orderly manner. More information is available on Nova's website (in Swedish).
Elderly care and activities for elderly
Meeting places for elderly
Our meeting places for elderly (Träffpunkten) plan to open from October 4 (from week 40).
Miljöhuset Återbruk does not collect things from homes of private individuals.
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 in other languages
- Information on the coronavirus at krisinformation.se in english
- Information on the coronavirus at krisinformation.se in other languages
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden: about covid-19 in other languages
- Public Swedish Radio: About covid-19 in other languages
- How to protect yourself and others and information about testing for covid-19, films on informationsverige.se
- Sign language; covid-19
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.
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.
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.
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
- Official information on the novel corona virus on krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)
- Swedish healthcare for visitors on krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)
- FAQ of The Public Health Agency of Sweden
- The Swedish Government's response to the virus responsible for covid-19