ASM Global (known as Stockholm Live in Sweden) has said it is “truly happy” that from the end of September, certain restrictions due to COVID-19 are set to be removed, resulting in full capacities returning to its Tele2 Arena and other venues.

The Swedish Government announced at a recent press conference that all “restrictions on attendance numbers at public gatherings are planned to be removed as of September 29 2021”.

Sweden will move to level four of its COVID-19 plan on the removal of its restrictions. This means that full capacities will be able to return to music venues and sporting events, after they were limited due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Stockholm Live’s Tele2 Arena (pictured) is home to football teams Djurgardens IF and Hammarby IF, which play in the Allsvenskan league – the top tier in Swedish football. 

A spokesperson for Stockholm Live told “ASM Global (named Stockholm Live in Sweden) is truly happy that we, from the 29th of September, can open up our venues to full capacity and that the government have decided that we finally reached an accepted level of vaccination to be able to lift the restrictions. 

“We know how much the football audience have longed for this, to once again be the 12th player during the tremendous games [at the] Tele2 Arena.”

However, the Swedish Government has also refused to rule out the possibility of COVID-19 vaccination certificates. It has also said this system will only be used if necessary, and it means that if any other restrictions are imposed on capacities, a vaccine certification structure will allow venues and stadiums to forgo these limits.  

“In line with the Government’s plan for removal of restrictions, the Public Health Agency has previously argued that certain specific regulations may still be needed for very large public gatherings and events during stage four,” said a statement. 

The statement continued to say that the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs will be submitting a memorandum proposing vaccination certificates to be used at major public gatherings and events. 

It added: “The proposal means that any restrictions on attendance numbers that may be necessary for public gatherings and events with 15,000 or more attendees would not apply if the vaccination certificate system is used.” 

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