New unit to observe how pandemic rules are adhered to: Shops and gyms first
The county administration's new unit for ensuring that the new pandemic laws are observed is sure that all activities that are below standard will be discovered - even although only 20 people will be responsible for all of Skåne. But the unit sees itself first and foremost as a help for people affected by the pandemic laws.
The unit is based in Kristianstad, but will operate all over Skåne to ensure that the pandemic laws are observed in all shops, gyms, public baths, and other institutions everywhere in Skåne. Restaurants are still a municipal responsibility.
Field groups have opted to visit mainly shops and shopping-centres, and they have had many questions from businesses who are anxious to comply with the rules in the best way.
– We've gone out and looked in on shopkeepers to see how they have adapted to the new recommendations. Things look good, and the businesses are eager to create good surroundings for themselves and their customers.Our dialogue with the traders has been very good.
By means of various analysis functions the new unit for pandemic supervision can see where crowds gather. They also get letters from the general,public expressing concern for certain places.
– Now we're going to go out on a broad front with information to gym-owners, and we'll start making inspections there too. Our intention isn't to catch people out, we want to co-operate using the recommendations that are already in place, says Lars Sandahl.
The temporary covid-19 law came into force on 10th January and will remain in place until 30th September.
The purpose is to give the government and other authorities a greater opportunity to introduce measures to reduce the spread of infection.
All activities must calculate the maximum number of people who can be in one place at the same time, allowing for 10 square metres per person.
The maximum number permitted must be posted clearly at all entrances.
The county administrative board is responsible for seeing to it that the recommendations are followed.
Activities that go against the rules risk a penalty, and ultimately closure.
Source:Swedish Government Offices and Public Health Authorities.