The municipality of Älmhult is monitoring developments of the corona virus

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The Public Health Agency of Sweden currently assesses the risk of a social spread in Sweden as very high. The municipality of Älmhult is actively monitoring the development of the corona virus covid-19 and is following the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Stay home if you're sick

The recommendations that apply right now are that everyone who is sick, even with mild symptoms, is urged to stay home from preschool, school and work to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.

Pay attention to symptoms if you have been living in an area where the spread of infection has been detected. If you get symptoms, call 1177 to determine if samples should be taken at Kronoberg Region.

Do you have questions or are you worried?

If you have questions about the coronavirus covid-19, find answers at www.krisinformation.seexternal link, opens in new window. That is where you can find all the statutory authorities’ confirmed information about the corona virus gathered in one place.

You can also call the national information number 113 13. All information provided by 113 13 is has been checked by the Public Health Agency of Sweden or other responsible authority. The service is available around the clock.

For those of you who are entrepreneurs

Our local business community is important to all of us in the municipality of Älmhult and Covid-19 affects in many ways.

The Municipality of Älmhult is now taking steps to support the business community

As a result of the spread of the corona virus, several companies in the municipality are severely affected. The Municipality of Älmhult therefore puts in place several measures to support the companies.

– We have quickly accepted the proposals made by, among other things, the local companies and what the Swedish business and Visita visiting industry's trade organization has put out. We are now taking several measures to support the companies, says Elizabeth Peltola, hhair of the Municipal Executive Committee.

– We are now having conversations with companies in the municipality of Älmhult, in various industries, to get a quick overview and be able to receive valuable views and needs. These are then passed on both regionally and nationally to be able to influence so that the companies are supported in the right way, says Maria Kristiansson, business developer.

Measures to facilitate the business community:

  • If the customer requests a deferral, the municipality extends the payment period on invoices and charges in water and sewage, cleaning (garbage collection) and permits and supervision. That is, invoices from Älmhult municipality and the cleaning company SSAM.
  • If necessary, the municipality speeds up payment time to the municipality's suppliers in order to further contribute to strengthening the companies' liquidity.
  • The municipality will prioritize emergency / necessary supervision.
  • Let the restaurants' outdoor seating open earlier and close later in the season
  • Land lease fees for outdoor seating are extended for a longer payment period, until after the season.
  • The municipality postpones events instead of canceling, to allow the money paid in to stay with the companies.
  • The municipality's business developer (maria.kristiansson@almhult.se) are given the task of accompanying companies on issues related to the measures the municipality takes and have continued dialogue with the municipality's business community about how the corona pandemic affects your business.

Important links for you as an entrepreneur

In order to facilitate your information gathering as an entrepreneur, we have gathered some important links where you can keep up to date:

Verksamt.se

Verksamt.se has gathered information from authorities that is important for you as an entrepreneur to know about the new coronavirus and the disease covid-19
Read more on på Verksamt.seexternal link, opens in new window

The government

Information from the government regarding, among other things, support for entrepreneurs.
What support is available for the entrepreneursexternal link, opens in new window

On March 16, the government launched a support package for business of over SEK 300 billion. The measures include that the state temporarily takes over the costs of sick leave and part of the salary costs for short-term leave. Read more about the crisis packageexternal link, opens in new window

The Public Health Agency

Information and recommendations from the Public Health Agency.
Read the recommendations of the Public Health Agencyexternal link, opens in new window

Labor law issues

For labor law issues, we refer to the respective member organization.
See the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise's members:
www.svensktnaringsliv.se/english/member_organizationsexternal link, opens in new window

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has information on infectious carrier allowance, travel allowance, sickness allowance and compensation for wages. Here you will find what applies at Försäkringskassanexternal link, opens in new window

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket)

Companies that have received payment problems as a direct consequence of the coronavirus can seek deferment of payment from the Swedish Tax Agency.
Information and form for applyingexternal link, opens in new window

Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket)

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth handles the application for Short-Term Permit and has information and support that can help you manage changes due to the covid-19 outbreak.
Read the information from Tillväxtverketexternal link, opens in new window

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv)

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is having a dialogue with the government regarding the negative consequences Corona entails for Swedish entrepreneurs.
This is what Svenskt Näringsliv doesexternal link, opens in new window

Krisinformation.se

Official information on the novel corona virus on krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)external link

Älmhults kommun

The municipality of Älmhult provides local information.
What happens in Älmhult municipality:
www.almhult.se/coronaexternal link
www.almhult.se/corona-enexternal link

For those who have children in preschool or school

Children and adults who are ill, even with mild symptoms, are encouraged to stay home from pre-school, school and work to reduce the risk of transmission. If you are unsure - contact your health care provider.

Closing schools and preschools is not appropriate at this time. We are, however, working on preventive measures. We are following the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, which maintain that there is no clear scientific evidence that suspending healthy school children or closing schools would reduce the risk of transmission of infection in society.

Parents/guardians with healthy children in preschool can send their children to preschool as usual. The recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

15-hour placement in preschool

We urge all parents/guardians who are on parentalleave or unemployed not to use pre-school places until further notice. Instead, we encourage you to have the children at home. You will keep your position at the preschool and therefore there will be no fee reduction.

This is done to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The staffing situation at our preschools is beginning to be strained and this would help ensure that our businesses can continue to operate. If the decision is changed, you will receive information about this as a parents/guardians.

This is an invitation and wish on our part that you as affected keep your children at home if you have the opportunity. But it is up to you to decide if you want to follow this call.

If we have further staffing problems, we will ensure that there is a preschool open in each district. Those affected will be informed if this becomes relevant.

Measures that may be put into effect

  • The municipality is following the development closely and we are ready to close a business to involve infectious disease control physicians, assess the need for decontamination measures, and prepare information for parents/guardians. It is important to know that closing schools and pre-schools has a major impact on our society. There are parents who have critically important roles and functions in society and who work in health care. For this reason, it is extremely important that the municipality of Älmhult keeps its preschools and schools open as far as possible.
  • In preschool, our first precautionary measure will take effect when we have staffing shortages: this will be to leave the 15-hour children at home. Of course, if a parent has an emergency situation, we will cater for this. If we have further staffing problems, we will ensure that there is a preschool open in each district. Those affected will be informed if this becomes relevant.
  • At school, we prepare, among other things, for students belonging to at-risk groups to provide distance education to avoid the risk of transmission. We are also preparing to be able to conduct distance education for larger groups.
  • In order to guarantee the right of all children to education, we are also preparing to be able to run school during school holidays, for example in the summertime and/or at weekends. We may also need to extend the school term dates.

For you as a student at Haganässkolan/Vuxenutbildningen/SFI

The yuth center Freja closes until further notice

When Haganässkolan switches to distance education and the building will be locked, Freja youth center will close its activities until further notice.

Gymnasiesärskolan

Teaching at the gymnasiesärskolan continues as usual in their premises.

Distance education at Haganässkolan/Haganässkolan/Vuxenutbildningen/SFI

As of Thursday, students follow their regular schedule by logging into Its Learning or Teams.

Bilden visar en Bygglektion via Teams

In the first lesson the teacher describes how the arrangement with distance education / distance education is intended overall at Haganässkolan and can also answer your questions about this.

Thereafter, each teacher informs about his/her structure.

Each teacher goes through how the presentation is intended for the lessons. Your presence is mandatory. You show presence in two ways:

  • To be connected according to the schedule via It´s Learning/Teams or what you and your teacher have decided.
  • To submit tasks on time and to respect deadlines for submissions.

It is important that you follow what is stated above because we need to know how many hours of teaching you have completed and to know how much teaching time you need to spend on holidays and weekends.

You should report sickness just as usual if you are ill, otherwise you will follow the schedule.

There will be films to help you get started on your work if it is done in Teams.

If you have problems connecting, contact the IT educator on 0476-55252.

A small reminder that APL year 1 is cancelled and that the students follow their regular schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact your mentor/teaching teacher or resp. principal

For those of you who are a relative of someone elderly or who is seriously ill

There are visiting restrictions which apply to nursing homes and (aged) care homes. To protect the residents from the spread of infection, we urge you not to visit them. This also applies to you who are healthy. Keep in touch with the elderly by calling them on the phone or by using social media.

Also, do not visit elderly relatives in their homes unnecessarily. Stay in touch by calling / using social media.

Nicklagården, Almgården, Hallaryd and Häradsbäck have closed their municipal restaurants to the public from Friday 13 March in order to minimize the risk of spreading the corona virus.

For those who need help

You may need to limit your social contacts for some time to come due to the prevailing situation in Sweden. You who are older, infectious or live near someone who is infectious may need help with, among other things, shopping for groceries.

We are many in Älmhult municipality who take responsibility and work together to help each other:

  • ICA Nära in Liatorp is extra open to the risk groups between 07.10-08.00
  • Most of the 60 member companies in Handelsplats Älmhult have home delivery of goods. Read more at www.handelsplatsalmhult.seexternal link, opens in new window
  • Svenska Kyrkan in Älmhult can help with, among other things, shopping for groceries, Agneta Grimberg phone 0476-561 86.
  • Wärkstan AB, Patrik Carlsson, phone 0476-51 400, gladly helps grocery stores that need help with deliveries.
  • The Facebook group Corona Älmhult ”Ingen kan göra allt men alla kan göra något” has about 800 members and is happy to help. Here you can write if you need help with shopping, buying medicine or anything else necessary.
    Corona Älmhult ”Ingen kan göra allt men alla kan göra något” on Facebookexternal link

This is how the municipality of Älmhult works

We continuously monitor the course of events in order to be able to act quickly on changes. Since Wednesday, March 11, the municipality of Älmhult is coordinating a staff to create endurance in the work with the corona virus. In order to ensure that our socially important functions work, we analyze our operations to be ready if, for example, staff shortages should occur.

Prevent the spread of rumors

Help prevent speculation and rumors spread by being source-critical and not sharing insecure information.

Advice to avoid getting infected and infecting others

Wash your hands frequently

Infectious agents easily stick to hands and other surfaces, such as door handles. They spread further when you take someone in hand. Therefore, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Handwash can be an option when you do not have the option of hand washing.

Cough and sneeze in the arm fold

When you cough and sneeze, small droplets containing infectious agents are spread. By coughing and sneezing in the arm fold or in a tissue, you prevent infection from spreading in your environment or from contaminating your hands.

Stay home if you're sick

Stay home when you are sick. This way you avoid infecting people on the bus, your work or where you are close to others.

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