Covid-19 - information from the City of Malmö
The City of Malmö builds its measures on assessments and recommendations from the Public Health Agency and other authorities. We follow events and are ready to increase our efforts if necessary.
Updated: 2020-10-20 14:41
The City of Malmö: effects on services and activities
Primary and Lower Secondary School
- Pre-schools and elementary schools remain open, according to reports from the authorities (Folkhälsomyndigheten). Information for parents and guardians with children in pre-schools. (pdf, 312.1 kB)
- Sweden has compulsory schooling, and the basic rule is that healthy children must go to school. Pupils with symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulties breathing must stay home to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. This applies even for milder symptoms like a sore throat, a runny nose, and muscle and joint pain. The child must be symptom-free for two days before going back to school. If the child has been ill, he or she can come back to school 7 days after falling ill, even if still having mild symptoms, such as a dry cough or a mildly runny nose, as long as the child otherwise feels well. Information for pupils and parents about returning to school when showing symptoms or following illness. (pdf, 98.3 kB)
- If a pupil becomes ill during the school day, he or she must go home as soon as possible. The school staff decides whether the pupil can go home alone or must wait in a separate room until his or her legal guardian arrives.
- The Swedish Public Health Agency has decided on special rules for people who live in households where someone has COVID-19. These may mean that family members must stay home to protect others. Pupils in preschool, primary and lower secondary school and corresponding school forms, as well as upper secondary school are not subject to the special rules but can continue to go to school even if someone at home has a confirmed infection.
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden does no longer recommend to provide remote classes for students in upper secondary schools, adult education, and higher vocational education. The schools for those students is open from the 15 of June.
Upper Secondary School
- There needs to be preparedness for remote and distance learning. The starting point is to follow the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency, and these may change depending on how the spread of the infection progresses. If necessary, the school principal can decide to provide certain teaching via remote learning.
- Information concerning the 2020 autumn term (pdf, 95.6 kB)
Care facilities, restaurants and meeting places for the elderly, and facilities for the neuro-psychiatrically disabled
- As of 1 October, the ban on visiting nursing homes for the elderly no longer applies. Those who wish to visit a nursing home should contact the home before the visit to ensure that there is no known infection. Visitors should meet their relative on the relative’s own room and not in common areas.
- Temporary use of face masks in situations of close facial proximity in health and care service: Around the world, including in Sweden, the social infection rate of Covid-19 is currently increasing. In order to protect the elderly and the frail, it has been decided to temporarily introduce face masks in the care of the elderly in all* situations of close facial proximity (less than 1 metre).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the city of Malmö has followed the recommendations of Smittskydd Skåne (Region Skåne’s Centre for Communicable Disease Control) and Vårdhygien Skåne. The introduction of face masks is taking place in the light of their latest recommendations, in conjunction with the current increasing spread of the infection.
For relatives, freedom from symptoms, physical distance and careful hand hygiene apply for visits. If relatives want face masks as an extra safety measure, we provide them.
Should the infection situation change, the use of face masks in our activities may change.
* For care of infected persons, full protective equipment is applicable, as before. For staff, 100% freedom from symptoms is required at work.
- Specialized covid-19 teams are established to take over home care and home help for those with symptoms of covid-19 or with a confirmed infection. A covid team consists of assistant nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists from the City of Malmö and doctors and nurses from the regional health care system.
- Cohort care means that patients with covid-19 are cared for separated from other patients in separate facilities. Patients that have been treated for covid-19 may have a short-term accomodation for further care and rehabilitation. Persons with confirmed covid-19 who have home help or home care may also have cohort care if they cannot manage at home by themselves but are not ill to the extent that they need hospital care.
- The City of Malmö offers technical assistance in the home so that people over the age of 70 can take care of purchases of, for example, food and medication, online and have digital contact with relatives and friends.
- All activities at the City of Malmö´s meeting places for the elderly have been temporarily closed. There are online activities at malmo.se/motesplatserforseniorer and on Facebook, ”Malmö stads mötesplatser för seniorer”. If you have any questions or simply want to have a chat, please call us weekdays 8 am-4.30 pm at 076-856 45 49.
- In the City of Malmö´s restaurants for the elderly, service is restricted to take-away meals. Service hours are Monday-Friday 11.30 am-2 pm.
- To avoid infection, several facilities for the neuro-psychiatrically disabled are temporarily closed to the public.
Inspections of restaurants and coffee shops
The City of Malmö supervises food establishments, such as restaurants and cafés, in Malmö in accordance with the Swedish act on temporary measures to limit the spread of infection in restaurants and similar establishments (2020:256). The Environmental Department inspects that the rules of the Swedish Public Health Agency are followed. If not followed, the City of Malmö can issue a fine or close the restaurant/café.