8 June: Oslo City Council has extended the current reopening levels

Press release: Today, the City Council has decided to extend measures for Oslo until 18 June. The use of ‘russ’ vehicles is also prohibited.

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– The controlled and cautious reopening of Oslo has been successful, which makes us optimistic. However, recent outbreaks in the last few days demonstrate that the situation is still unstable. We are now seeing a high infection rate among young people and in districts that, until now, have had relatively few infection cases. We have therefore decided to proceed with caution, so that the people of Oslo can continue to enjoy their newly won freedom, says Mayor Raymond Johansen (Ap).

The number of cases rose to 596 last week, for the first time since mid-March. 55 per cent of those infected were in the 16 to 19 age bracket, and a high proportion live in Nordre Aker, Vestre Aker, Frogner and Nordstrand.

Based on infection control assessments, the City Council has decided to prohibit the use of ‘russ’ vehicles:

– Last week, the senior infection control physician introduced a temporary halt to ‘russ’ celebrations in order to gain control over the situation. It is very difficult to ensure good infection control measures for parties in ‘russ’ vehicles. By prohibiting gatherings of young people inside these vehicles we hope to reduce the risk of new outbreaks, says Mayor Raymond Johansen (Ap).

The City Council will extend level 2 measures in the reopening plan through to 18 June. This means that:

  • Cafés, bars and restaurants may remain open.
  • Alcohol may be served until 22:00.
  • Fitness centres and swimming pools may remain open, with tight restrictions on the number of people, social distancing and rules against group training.
  • Indoor training and recreational activities for children and young people under the age of 20 is permitted in groups of up to 20 people.
  • Adults over the age of 20 can train and practice their sports and recreational activities individually indoors, but not in groups.
  • Outdoor sports and recreational activities are permitted for groups of up to 30 for children and young people under the age of 20, and for groups of 20 adults.
  • Museums, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and similar cultural and entertainment premises may remain open.
  • Indoor events are permitted for up to 20 people if there is fixed, assigned seating. This does not apply to private gatherings indoors in public places. It applies to religious services, prayer meetings, weddings, baptisms and similar rituals.
  • Up to 50 people are permitted in outdoor events if there is fixed, assigned seating. If there is no fixed seating, up to 30 people are permitted.
  • Art and cultural arrangements are permitted for children in day care and schools. 
  • Youth recreation clubs may remain open for up to 20 people indoors at any one time.

Since the reopening of level two, Wednesday 26 May, mobility has increased.

– Everyone wants to open up but a gradual, controlled reopening means that some things will have to wait. Because things can still go wrong. We have seen this in Trondheim, Hammerfest and Hamar. They all had to close down again after major local outbreaks of infection. We are doing what we can to avoid this. We have promised that when we open, we intend to stay open for good. This is why we have to make some tough, but necessary choices and that is what we are doing: prioritising life and health, work, children and young people, says Mayor Raymond Johansen (Ap).

During the last two weekends there was extensive partying in Oslo parks, which led to a great deal of littering. Oslo City Government has put out additional waste receptacles and containers, which are being emptied more frequently.

– It is good to see that people are enjoying themselves out here and using our beautiful parks, but it is crucial that we all take greater responsibility for cleaning up after ourselves, says Mayor Raymond Johansen (Ap).