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Advice for other sectors and occupational groups

With high vaccination coverage and a new phase of the pandemic, many infection control recommendations and measures for the population have been removed.

With high vaccination coverage and a new phase of the pandemic, many infection control recommendations and measures for the population have been removed.

This phase is called 'normal daily life with increased preparedness'. Distance requirements are removed. The general infection control advice, such as staying home when you are ill and having good cough etiquette and hand hygiene, still apply. Otherwise, normal daily life is about the same as before the pandemic. Local or national authorities must be prepared to be able to implement further advice and measures in the event of unacceptable morbidity in the population or unmanageable strain on the health service's treatment capacity. All sectors should generally make arrangements to reduce transmission.

General advice that applies to everyone 

Hand hygiene and cough etiquette 

  • Have good hand hygiene and keep your hands clean. Use soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Use a paper tissue or crook of the elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands afterwards.

In case of respiratory tract symptoms

  • Everyone who is ill should stay at home and have a low threshold for being tested.
  • This also applies to people who are vaccinated and protected.


The following people are recommended to test themselves: 

  • Anyone with newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms or other symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status 

  • Unvaccinated household members or equivalently close contacts to someone who is infected 

  • Other unvaccinated close contacts 

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to take a PCR test to confirm the test result. 

Separate advice applies to people in risk groups. Read the advice here: 

Advice for jobs and businesses 

 Planning and risk assessment 

  • The company is responsible for ensuring that operations take place in accordance with current regulations. Employers must also consider in this phase whether there may be a risk of transmission in the workplace. Management is responsible for ensuring safe operations that take infection control into account.

  • Workplaces must be prepared for absence due to illness or quarantine 

  • Company routines should ensure sufficiently good cleaning. 

Working from home has been an important measure in the pandemic. In a 'normal daily life with increased preparedness', the goal is to gradually return to normal working life. Working from home as an infection control measure may be relevant if the infection situation makes it necessary. It will then be recommended by local or national health authorities. 

Previous advice and guidance can be found here: