Advice and rules in the City of Oslo

These measures will initially apply until 14th December.

Events and private gatherings


All indoor events are prohibited until 14th December. All venues for cultural, entertainment or leisure activities are closed, such as cinemas, theatres, play centres, fitness centres, sports halls and public swimming pools etc. 

These are the main rules for events at venues open to the public in Oslo:

  • It is not allowed to arrange indoors events. Exceptions are made for:
    • funerals with up to 50 participants.
    • sports events, competitions, shows, concerts and similar events with professional participants without a live audience
    • weddings, baptisms and similar rituals that are held without spectators.
    • digital events (up to five people can be present in addition to the necessary production staff, during the production of digital events).
  • Outdoor events can have up to 200 participants (no requirement for fixed seats).
  • Participants who are not in the same household must be able to keep at least 1 meter apart. When this is not possible, wear a face mask.
  • There must be a responsible organizer who ensures that the event is carried out in accordance with the infection control rules.

See the national guidelines in English for events (

Shops and shopping centres

Shops and shopping centres must ensure adequate supervision. The number of people inside must not exceed the limit which allows customers to keep at least two metres apart.

Private gatherings - In private homes

The number of people in private homes in Oslo must not exceed 10, until further notice. This applies for all age groups in private homes or cabins and also outdoors in private gardens. All participants at social gatherings must keep at least 1 metre apart, except for members of the same household.  

The legal ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people was approved by the City Government Tuesday the 22nd of September. It is a stronger restriction than that which applies nationally. 

Private gatherings - In venues that are hired or open to the public

The rules below apply to gatherings such as: gatherings for family, friends and acquaintances, social gatherings in connection with work or school, including events after ceremonies, parties and dining with serving alcohol in connection with seminars, conferences, courses and other professional gatherings.

Private indoor gatherings are not permitted in public places or rented or borrowed premises. Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can have up to 20 participants.

All participants who do not belong to the same household must be able to keep a distance of 1 meter from each other. In situations where it is not possible to keep a distance of one meter, there may be a requirement to use a face mask.

Events must have a responsible organizer who ensures that the gathering is carried out in accordance with the infection control rules. The requirements for implementation can be found at the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

The City events office is available for any questions relating to planning and holding your event: 

Number of contacts per week

The number of contacts in social gatherings such as dinners, birthday parties etc. should not exced 10 people per week, except for members of your own household and people you meet at school and work (and for permitted activities for children).

Travel advice

Public transport

Keep the recommended distance from other passengers and do not travel more than necessary. Face masks are compulsory when it is not possible to keep at least 1 metre apart. 

International travel

Norway’s guidelines can be found on FHI’s website.

Home office

It is compulsory to do office work from home as far as practically possible. 

Employers must ensure that their office staff work from home, as far as practically possible. Employers are obliged to document that their staff have been informed about how home office working will be implemented. Home office working is compulsory for those whose workplace is in Oslo. Residents of Oslo who work in an office in another municipality must adhere to the guidelines where they work. 

Restaurants and licensed premises in Oslo

Serving of alcohol is not permitted in Oslo at any time. The measures will initially apply until 14th December.

The following conditions apply:

  • Basic infection control requirements must be met.
  • All restaurants must update their risk assessment for infection control, including routines for table placement.
  • Routines shall be established for good hygiene and good cleaning, and compliance with these routines shall be ensured.

Distance requirements

Distance is important to prevent infection with Covid-19.

  • There should be at least 1 metre distance between people, even within a group, unless they are part of the same household.
  • There must be a distance of at least 1 meter between all seats. This applies to all restaurants and pubs that have seating for eating and drinking.
  • When guests are sitting at the table, it is the guests' responsibility to follow the recommendation of at least 1 meter distance, and the restaurant must take measures to remind their guests of the distance requirement.

Registration of guests' contact information

Cafes that do not serve alcohol are also encouraged to register all guests who sit down to eat and drink on the premises. 

More information


Serving Meals

A kindergartens 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. 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.

Schools and After School Program (AKS)

Everyday life around school will still be a little different from before, to make sure it is safe for pupils to come to school.

The most important rules are:

  • No one must come to school or activity groups (AKS) if they are sick
  • Everyone has to wash their hands before they come to school
  • Good hand hygiene and cleaning at school


How is the school day now?

Under the present infection situation, schools and AKS can provide a school programme which is almost as normal, but with a few restrictions.

This means that:

  • Whole school classes can be together
  • Pupils will receive a full-time programme at school. The schools have several measures to reduce contact and to keep the required distance between staff and pupils
  • If pupils or members of the school staff become infected, the class, the grade level or the whole school may have to be quarantined. 
  • Compulsory quarantine after holidays abroad

Staff and pupils who have been in “Red” countries or countries whose status has been turned to “red” during the time they were staying there must stay in quarantine for 10 days after returning to Norway. Those who have been in “yellow” countries can come to school as normal.

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

Secondary schools

Red risk level which means that pupils will be divided into smaller cohorts and contact between cohorts must be avoided. (From 16th November until further notice)

High schools and adult education centres

Red risk level, with stronger antiinfection measures and smaller groups  (from 10th November until further notice)

Who decides what?

National health authorities have decided that schools and kindergartens should implement measures according to a traffic light model. The present level is set to yellow, which means that all schools and kindergartens must take extra hygiene measures and measures to reduce physical contact. Local health authorities may decide wether there should be a red level of action in the municipality or at a single school or kindergarten, in case of local increase in infection. Red level does not necessary mean closing the school, but stricter measures apply for social distancing, group size etc.)

The health district superintendent in each city district (bydel) sets guidelines for whether you can follow your child into the kindergarten or not, and for the possibility of serving food in both the municipal kindergartens and at AKS.

Face masks

Everyone must use a face mask in Oslo, in crowded places and when you cannot keep 1 metre apart, except for members of the same household, in the following situations:

  • On public transport
  • In taxis
  • In shops and shopping centres (If you cannot keep 2 meters apart)
    • 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, tatoo salons and other services that require 1-1 contact. 
  • In restaurants and bars (see detailed information for employees in bars here)
  • In places of faith and worship
  • At indoor venues with cultural activities, e.g. libraries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, comedy theatres etc. 
  • At indoor venues for sports, both organised and non-organised (such as fitness centres, sports halls, swimming pools, sport centres etc.). Face masks are not compulsory when participating in a sporting activity itself. 
  • Employees at these venues must also use face masks. 

Face masks are not compulsory when casually passing other people. 

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

Face masks are not compulsory for children under 12 years, nor for people who, for medical or other reasons cannot use them. Children below 2 years must never use face masks. 

Sports facilities 

Leisure sports and indoor leisure activities for adults and young people are closed. Only organized sports activities for children below 8th grade may take place at the municipality's sports facilities for training.

All events in the form of matches, cups, tournaments and the like must be canceled and can not be arranged at municipal sports facilities. This applies to all age groups and currently until Monday 14 December. We follow the health authorities' advice and recommendations, and will have new information at a later date.

Swimming pools and baths

All public swimming pools and baths are closed until further notice, except for patient rehabilitation, training for professional swimmers, swimming courses for children below 8th grade, and swimming activities organized through schools for pupils under the age of 20.

Face masks at indoor sports venues

You must use face masks in crowded situations and when you cannot keep a distance of one metre apart, except for members of the same household, at indoor sports venues and outdoor sporting arenas etc. Face masks are not compulsory when participating in the sporting activity itself.

Nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres 

We want to keep the number of visitors to our institutions to a minimum at the present time. Please communicate online with the nursing home if you can, and do not come in person if you can avoid it. This also applies to officials from the city administration. 

We ask you not to visit if you are in the age group 20 to 29. Please contact residents and patients online instead. 

If you do visit, you must follow rules for visitors. 

Rules for visitors:

  • You must contact the nursing home in advance to check that it is possible to visit.
  • You cannot visit if you
    • have been in close contact with more than 10 people other than closest family/members of the same household, during the last ten days
    • are sick
    • are at home in quarantine or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19
    • have been out of Norway during the last ten days
  • Pets are not allowed.

We keep a detailed register of all visitors.