Sweden’s government has finally ordered the closure of all ski resorts, among other measures restricting movement, after facing global criticism for its slow response to the coronavirus pandemic. The tougher recommendations come after the total number of deaths from coronavirus in Sweden tripled to 308 in just a few days.
“It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to reduce the spread of the infection,” Johan Carlson, the director-general of the Swedish Public Health Authority, said. “You have a duty to follow these [guidelines]. It is not voluntary.”
Sweden’s government has faced growing criticism, both internationally and at home, for its ‘herd immunity’ approach to slowing the spread of coronavirus, with schools, bars, and restaurants still remaining open. The government has so far only banned events of more than 50 people.
On Tuesday evening, Skistar and Branäs group, two of Sweden’s biggest ski resort operators, announced that their slopes would close next week.