Announcements by Scandinavian countries of their COVID recovery strategies, show a preference for light touch government, minimal personal disruption and a desire to get back to normal life before COVID, rather than a ‘new’ normal often touted by various leaders and health officers.
Denmark has now ditched its ‘coronapas’ COVID passport scheme for venues, with health minister Magnus Heunickestating stating that it has done its job and is no longer required.
Sweden will lift nearly all remaining COVID restrictions later this week (29th September), removing most limits on public venues, including restaurants, theatres and stadiums. “The important message is that we now take further steps in the return to normal everyday life.” Sweden’s Health and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said.
This weekend (25th September) Norway announced an end to all national COVID measures, (but some inbound travel restrictions still in place.) “Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life.” Said Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Finland will start to remove all COVID restrictions once fully vaccinated rates reach 80% of the eligible population, or when everyone has been offered the opportunity to get vaccinated twice. Prime Minister Sanna Marin said measures were designed to affect people’s lives as little as possible ‘economically, socially and their well-being.’