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Rules for restaurants and licensed premises in Oslo

The ban on the sale of alcohol is lifted from the 6th of May. Only businesses serving food and practicing table service can remain open. Oslo’s pubs and bars can open from the 1st of June.

In order to be able to serve alcohol, the company must register with the Agency for Business Developement Services (Næringsetaten).

Register here


The sale of alcohol may commence from and including Monday 01/06/2020, subject to the following conditions:

  • Only those having registered with Næringsetaten may serve alcohol.
  • From the 1st of June there is no requirement for food service in order to serve alcohol.
  • Food may not be served buffet style.
  • Basic infection control requirements must be met.
  • Separate infection control risk assessments must be prepared.
  • Routines shall be established for good hygiene and good cleaning, and compliance with these routines shall be ensured.
  • The business must have seating and table service must be practiced.
  • No more than 20 people may be part of the same group.
  • There should be at least 1 metre distance between people, even within a group, unless they are part of the same household.
  • The time until which alcohol may be served is 11:30 p.m. and the premises must close at midnight.

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