Advice and rules in the City of Oslo

Events and private gatherings

The following rules are issued by the Government and are also valid in Oslo.

Outdoor events

Outdoor events have a limit of 2000 participants (cohorts of up to 500 persons) if fixed, designated seats are used. If not, there is a limit of 800 participants (cohorts of up to 200 persons).

If Covid-19 certificates and testing is used, there is a limit of 7000 participants if fixed, designated seats are used. If not, there is a limit of 3000 (cohorts of up to 500 persons).

A minimum distance of minimum 2 meters between the cohorts is required.

Any form of alcohol must be served at tables with seats for everyone.

Indoor events

Indoor events have a limit of 1000 participants (cohorts of up to 500 persons) if fixed, designated seats are used. If not, there is a limit of 400 participants (cohorts of up to 200 persons).

If Covid-19 certificates and testing is used, there is a limit of 3000 participants (cohorts of up to 500 persons) if fixed, designated seats are used. If not, there is a limit of 1500 participants (cohorts of up to 500 persons).

A distance of minimum 2 meters between the cohorts is required.

Read more about events (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI)

Private gatherings in homes and gardens

It is adviced to limit the number of guests in private homes to maximum 20 people, in addition to household members. This also applies for gardens, backyards, patios and the like in connection with private homes.

People who are protected against Covid-19 are not included in the maximum of 20 people. Being protected means fully vaccinated, having received the first dose 3-15 weeks ago or have had Covid-19 within the last 6 months.

It is adviced that private gatherings in homes and gardens only take place in rooms that are dimensioned so that all participants can keep at least one meter distance, unless you are members of the same household. Protected persons can be exempt from the recommendation to keep 1 meter distance, unless there are unprotected persons in risk groups present.

It is adviced to meet outside rather than inside.

Private gatherings in public places

Private gatherings in public places or in rented or borrowed venues have different rules than other events. Examples of private gatherings are birthday parties, wedding parties, memorials after funerals, parties at work or school, dinner with friends, etc.

It is not allowed to arrange private gatherings with more than 100 people at indoor and outdoor public places such as parks, forests, playgrounds, event venues, offices, kindergarten, hotels, etc. This number includes protected persons.

The room must be dimensioned so that all participants can keep at least one meter distance, unless you are members of the same household.

It is adviced that private gatherings are held outside, if possible

Read more about private gatherings (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI) 

Leisure activities

It is adviced to limit groups at leisure activities to 30 persons inside and 40 persons outside, regardless of age.

Multiple groups are allowed provided that necessary distance between the groups is secured. The required number of supervisors may be added to the groups with persons under the age of 20.

Summer camps and similar must follow the rules for leisure activities, and should have maximum 300 participants in total and groups of up to 40 persons.

«Fritidsklubber» are open for up to 100 persons under the age of 20, and for 50 persons above the age of 20.

Read more about leisure activities (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI)

Shops and shopping centres

Shops, shopping centres, department stores, galleries and other places of business in Oslo may be open for business. They must ensure that the number of people in the premises is restricted so that everyone can maintain a distance of at least one metre. Use the size of the premises to calculate the permitted number of customers. If necessary, a person must be designated to ensure compliance with this requirement.

Travel advice

Public transport

Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary. Face masks are compulsory when it is not possible to keep at least one metre apart. 

International travel

For domestic and international travels, national rules apply. 

Find more information from the Norwegian national health authorities: 

Quarantine hotel

Find more information about quarantine and quarantine hotel on fhi.no

Restaurants and licensed premises in Oslo

These rules apply from Monday 5 July 2021 :

  • Basic requirements for infection control must be met.
  • Routines for good hygiene and good cleaning must be prepared.
  • Guests and employees must be able to keep at least 1 meter distance to people in another household.
  • The restaurant must ensure that there is at least 1 meter distance between the seats when guests arrive and that this is taken into account when ordering a table.
  • The restaurant should remind guests to keep their distance from other than household members.
  • Table service and seating for restaurants that serve alcohol.
  • Restaurants should register contact information for guests who agree to it.
  • Restaurants shall not admit guests after 12 pm.
  • From 05.07.2021, the national rules apply.
  • Face masks are not mandatory.

More information

Kindergartens and schools

  • Kindergartens and After School programmes (AKS) will start at the green risk level from Monday 2 August.
  • Schools plan to start at the green risk level from Monday 16 August.

Read more about kindergartens and schools on the The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training’s website. 

Face masks

Face masks are compulsory in Oslo on public transport when you cannot keep at least one metre apart, and in taxis.

Sports facilities and events

Sports in Oslo now follow national councils and rules. Our facilities are open for sports in line with national recommendations. For swimming pools, you must book a ticket in advance. Information about which swimming facilities are open and how to buy tickets can be found here (in Norwegian).

Nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres 

General rules for all visitors

  • You can not visit if you are ill or in quarantine.
  • We keep visit minutes for everyone who comes to visit. Also applies to visitors who are going to take a resident on a trip.
  • The number of visitors depends on how many there are in the room when you keep the required distance.
  • Dogs / pets can be allowed, arrange with the nursing home in advance.

Contact the nursing home (List of all municipal and private nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres in Oslo. The list is in Norwegian.)

Before your visit

  • It is possible to visit on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

During your visit

  • You must wash or wash your hands when you arrive.
  • The visit should mainly take place in the living rooms.
  • You should go directly to and from your visit
  • For the sake of unvaccinated residents and employees, you should not stay in common areas indoors.
  • Visits can take place outdoors
  • You should keep at least one meter away from the person you are visiting, staff and other patients / residents.
  • We recommend the use of face masks in common areas with regard to unvaccinated residents and employees
  • You can bring gifts, flowers and the like, but make sure you always have clean hands when handling them.
  • If you have food with you, everyone should wash their hands before eating.
  • You can use the patient / resident's toilet or a marked toilet when you are visiting.

After your visit

  • You should wash your hands when leaving the room.
  • If you are diagnosed with covid-19 after the visit, you must state that you have visited as part of the infection detection. Also contact the nursing home you have visited as soon as possible and inform about this.

Visits to nursing homes

Fully vaccinated residents

  • May have physical contact with other fully vaccinated

Unvaccinated residents

  • Unvaccinated residents must still be shielded from infection.
  • Visitors must keep at least one meter away from the unvaccinated resident. Visits should take place in the resident's room, or in a suitable visiting room.
  • Individual assessments should be made of the resident's need for protection against infection, and what the individual unvaccinated resident himself wants and whether he can have physical close contact with other fully vaccinated residents or visitors.
  • Residents can visit outside the institution or be taken on a trip, without obligation to quarantine, as long as the Oslo municipality's infection control recommendations are followed.
  • Visits and physical contact in the final phase of life are arranged.

Others:

There are still employees in nursing homes who have not been vaccinated. There are also residents who have refused the vaccine or have been too ill to receive the vaccine. It is therefore important that all infection control rules are followed to prevent infection from entering the nursing homes.

Visits to health centers

It is possible to visit every day of the week within the current visiting hours at the individual health center.

  • You must follow the applicable distance rules and infection control advice
  • You must sign a visit protocol.
  • You must go directly to the patient room and not stay in common areas
  • You must wear a face mask in all common areas and are encouraged to wear a face mask in patient rooms / visiting rooms.
  • You can use the patient's toilet

There are still staff at health centers and inpatients who have not been vaccinated. It is therefore important that all infection control rules are followed to prevent infection from entering the health centers.

If the situation changes

There may be changes in the visiting rules if there is an outbreak of infection at the nursing home / health center or if the City of Oslo has to introduce a higher level of measures as a result of the infection pressure in society.