Events and private gatherings

Events

All indoor events are prohibited. Events outdoors can take place with up to ten participants. This also includes private events in public places. The event manager is responsible to make sure that the necessary infection control measures are being taken. All venues for cultural, entertainment or leisure activities are closed, such as cinemas, theatres, play centres, fitness centres and sports halls. However can certain public venues stay open for leisure activities for children under the age of 20, activities for professional athletes or activities for professional artists, musicians etc. Libraries are still open to the public.

Digital events with a maximum of five persons present, in addition to the required personnel, can be carried out. In this context "personnel" refers to anyone who facilitates the digital event. Contests, shows and correspondingly with professional practitioners can take place without an audience. 

Private gatherings

Private gatherings in private homes and gardens are limited to a maximum of ten participants. Private gatherings in restaurants open to the public with up to ten participants are allowed.

Inhabitants are asked to limit all social contact.

Shops and shopping centres

These rules currently apply up to and including 4 March 2021:
Individual shops are permitted to remain open. Shopping centres and department stores must continue to remain closed. All shops in shopping centres must remain closed, even if they have a separate entrance.
However, the following shops may remain open, even if they are located in shopping centres:

  • grocery stores (kiosks, health food stores and other shops that mainly offer foodstuff are also defined as grocery stores)
  • pharmacies
  • petrol stations
  • outlets selling pet food and other necessities for pets
  • outlets selling products for agriculture and animal husbandry
  • warehouses and the wholesale-sections of shops that supply carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and similar crafts
  • outlets selling nursing and health care supplies (bandagists)
  • opticians
  • Vinmonopolet

Shops, shopping centres and other places of business must ensure that the number of people in the premises is restricted so that everyone can maintain a distance of at least two metres. 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.

Shopping centre management must take measures to prevent people from staying in the communal areas.

Individual shops are permitted to remain open. Shopping centres and department stores must continue to remain closed. All shops in shopping centres must remain closed, even if they have a separate entrance.

Travel advice

Public transport

Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary. Keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other passengers. Face masks are compulsory when it is not possible to keep at least 1 metre apart. 

International travel

For domestic and international travels, national rules apply. 

Find more information from the Norwegian national health authorities: 

Quarantine hotel

Everyone who arrives in Norway from countries or areas with high levels of infection, “red” countries or areas, must stay in quarantine for up to 10 days.

The main rule is that travel-quarantine must be completed in one of the following ways:

  • In a permanent house or flat which you rent or own
  • At an appropriate location for quarantine provided by your employer in Norway
  • At a quarantine hotel

Travellers may leave qurantine at the earliest on the seventh day, on condition that they have tested negatively for Corona twice after arrival. The first test must be taken at the border on arrival, and the second test at the earliest seven days after arrival. 

You cannot book a quarantine hotel in Oslo in advance. Travellers who wish to stay at a quarantine hotel in Oslo must contact the border police on arrival, who will then contact the City of Oslo.

Quarantine Hotel prices

Those who stay at a quarantine hotel must pay a fixed daily rate of NOK 500. There is no charge for children under 10 years who stay in the room with their parents or guardians. For children aged 10 to 18 years, the daily rate is NOK 250.

Working from home

Working from home is compulsory for those who can. Employers must ensure that all employees work from home as far as practically possible. Employers must be able to document that their employees have been informed as to how this is to be carried out.

Restaurants and licensed premises in Oslo

The following conditions apply from Thursday 18 February, and up to and including 4 March 2021:

  • Serving of alcohol is not permitted in Oslo at any time.
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask, both for the person who picks up the take-away and for the person who delivers, unless other infection control measures have been implemented (for example, visor and plexiglas).
  • All restaurants must update their risk assessments of infection control and establish routines to meet the requirements that are now being introduced.
  • Events are prohibited, both indoors and outdoors.

Distance requirements

To prevent infection with Covid-19, social distancing is crucial.

Keep at least 1 metre distance from other people, even within a group, unless you are part of the same household.

More information

Kindergartens

Kindergartens, primary- and secondary schools in Oslo are organised in accordance with the yellow risk level from February 3. High schools, adult education and vocational training will be organised on red risk level from the same date and a possible change in risk level will be considered within few days.

Although kindergartens and primary schools will operate in accordance with the  yellow risk level, or close completely for short periods, for example, with many in quarantine,  they will continue to be provided for those children whose parents have essential jobs and for children who need special care. 

Serving Meals

A kindergarten’s ability to serve food depends on the staffing situation and the space available to prepare the food. Therefore, some kindergartens will be able to serve food, while others will not, in accordance with the  yellow risk level.

Children attending kindergartens that do not serve meals must bring a packed lunch and food for the whole day. The City District (bydelen) decides how the infection prevention regulations apply in your kindergarten.

Private kindergartens can decide for themselves whether they should serve food or not.

Opening hours

To limit the contact between people, the kindergartens will continue to have set groups of children and adults, and cooperation between groups will have to be limited. Absence among employees is in many places also somewhat higher than usual due to the requirement to stay at home even with mild symptoms.

For this reason, it may be necessary to have reduced opening hours in the time ahead. The City District Administration decides the opening hours in municipal kindergartens. 

The normal fees apply

Parents shall pay the normal fee, even if the opening hours have been reduced, or if parents choose not to send their child to kindergarten. It is possible to be exempted from paying the kindergarten fee for children who have long-term sickness absence documented with a medical certificate.

Face masks at kindergartens

Use of face masks is not recommended at kindergartens. This includes both children and staff in kindergartens. The kindergartens / city districts (bydel) can consider asking parents and guardians to use face masks when picking up or taking children to the kindergarten if it is not possible to keep social distancing.

Schools and After School Program (AKS)

Primary and secondary schools in Oslo are organised in accordance with the yellow risk level from Wednesday February 3. Teaching for high schools will be according to red risk level . Parents and guardians will receive more information from their schools about what this implies in each case.

Primary schools

Yellow  risk level means, among other things, good hygiene and strict cleanliness, as well as measures to reduce contact between pupils. Pupils are not to come to school or AKS if they are ill.

The school day will be a little different from before, so that it is safe for pupils to attend school.

Everyone who works at the school will make sure that the pupils are well. The schools will take extra care to prevent infections spreading.

The chief medical officer in each city district (bydel) provides guidelines for serving food in AKS.

How is the school day?

  • The schools have several measures to reduce contact and to keep social distancing between both staff and pupils.
  • If pupils or staff at the school become infected, this may result in closing the class, the grade or the whole school.

High schools, adult education and vocational training

High schools in Oslo are now organized according to yellow risk level.

Vocation training will follow the same rules as high schools.

Quarantine after holidays abroad

It is important that the pupils or their parents contact the school to inform the school if they are in quarantine

Face masks at schools

Use of face masks is not recommended at school. This includes both pupils and staff in primary schools, secondary schools and high schools. 

National rules and recommendations

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

Face masks

Everyone must use a face mask in Oslo when you cannot keep at least 1 metre apart, unless you are members of the same household, in the following situations: 

  • On public transport
  • In taxis
  • In shops and shopping centres
    • All types of shops where customers purchase goods, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, newsagents, petrol stations, laundrettes etc. 
    • Shared space at shopping centres (passages, toilets, parking areas, stairs, escallators etc). The face mask requirement does not apply to treatment facilities such as physiotherapy, manicure salons, hairdressers, tattoo salons and other services that require 1-1 contact. 
  • In restaurants (only take-away is permitted)
  • In places of faith and worship

Employees at these venues must also use face masks. 

Face masks are not compulsory when briefly passing other people. 

Both disposable (single use) and textile face masks can be used. 

Face masks are not compulsory for children under the age of 12, nor for people who, for medical or other reasons, cannot use them. Children under the age of two must never use a face mask. 

Sports facilities and events

Gyms should be kept closed for all age groups. Indoor sports facilities can only be used for organized training for children and youth under 20 years of age.

Outdoor sports facilities are only open for organized sports for children and young people under 20 years of age. Adults can use the facilities for organized sports in groups of a maximum of 10 people, as long as they keep a distance from others at the facility.

All indoor events are prohibited. It is also strongly discouraged to hold events outdoors. This means that all matches, tournaments, competitions, gatherings or similar events are canceled. It also includes training matches and league matches.

Bymiljøetaten has closed all the municipality's facilities for competitions.

All age groups are also advised against traveling to other municipalities to participate in trainings, matches, tournaments, competitions, gatherings or similar events.

Swimming pools and baths

Swimming pools and baths are closed to the public.

This is allowed:

  • Swimming course and swimming training for children under 20 years of age, where only children /youth participate. Baby and children's swimming where adults / parents must participate with the children, can not be held.
  • School swimming for children and youth under 20 years of age.
  • Rehabilitation, training and treatment, individually or in small groups with an organizer.

Nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres 

These rules apply from 16 February.

All our nursing homes and health centers are fully vaccinated and open to visitors, but everyone must follow the visiting rules.

General rules for all visitors

You must notify your visit to the nursing home in advance so that you receive practical information about visiting rules.

You cannot visit if you:

  • are ill
  • have been outside Norway in the last ten days
  • are in home quarantine or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

You should not visit if you have been closer than 1 meter in the last ten days in social contexts to people over 13 years, in addition to those you live with. In such cases, you should arrange a digital visit instead.

We keep records of everyone who comes to visit. The number of visitors depends on how many there are in the room when it is kept at least one meter away. Visits to health centers are limited to a maximum of two visitors up to three times per week.

Each nursing home is differently designed, so there may be some local differences.

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.
  • Everyone must keep a distance of at least one meter and follow the infection control advice.

During your visit

  • You must wash your hands when you arrive.
  • The visit will take place in the residents room.
  • You should go directly to and from your visit, and not stay in common areas.
  • You should keep at least one meter away from the person you are visiting, staff and other patients / residents.
  • You must wear a face mask during all travel in the institution to and from the patient room.
  • 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 must wash your hands when leaving the room.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after your visit, you must inform those responsible for contact tracing that you have visited the institution. In addition, you must contact the institution you visited as soon as possible and tell them about your diagnosis.

If the situation changes

  • If there is an outbreak of infection at the institution you plan to visit, visitors will no longer be permitted.
  • If the spread of infection in Oslo increases, we may limit the number of visitors or stop visits altogether. 

Clarifications

The distance requirement of one meter shall be kept between visitors, with the exception of those visitors who are in the same household. Fully vaccinated can have close contact with other fully vaccinated residents and visitors. A fully vaccinated resident can only have close contact with some permanent persons who are not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated residents can now travel outside the institution without being quarantined afterwards, but they must still have to follow the usual infection control rules that apply to everyone in Oslo.

  • Joint activities are opened up in the nursing homes for residents who have been fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated residents must still be screened for infection.
  • As it will take time before employees are vaccinated, it is necessary to also shield our employees from infection.
  • You must arrange a visit in advance if you are going to visit unvaccinated residents. Individual assessments are made to secure visits if there is a situation that indicates that visits are important.
  • We want as few external people as possible in our institutions now. Communicate digitally with the nursing homes if you can. Do not show up physically. This applies, for example, to case officers in districts, supervisory committees and audits.