9 March: Oslo City Government raises the coronavirus risk level to red for all schools and kindergartens

Press release: Over 1,300 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Oslo last week. That is the highest number so far. The City Government is therefore imposing stricter measures to restrict the spread of infection. 

“The mutated variant of the coronavirus, which arrived in Norway before Christmas, is spreading rapidly in Oslo, and the situation is serious. The level of infection is rising all over the city, and the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 has trebled in three weeks. We are seeing a particular rise in the infection rate among young people in the 10 to 19 age range. To limit transmission of the disease, we are now obliged to impose stricter measures,” says Oslo’s Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen (Labour Party).

According to Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Health Robert Steen (Labour Party), there was a sharp increase in the number of people aged 16 to 19 testing positive for the coronavirus from Week 6 to Week 9. “The virus was most probably transmitted between students while they were at high school or during recreational activities. In areas where people live in overcrowded conditions, infected students risk passing the virus on to family members, who then carry it with them into kindergartens, schools and workplaces. We must therefore reduce our mobility and the number of people we are in contact with,” he says. 

These are the new measures that will apply from 10 to 25 March:

  • Red risk level in kindergartens, primary and lower secondary schools in Oslo. 

This applies until and including 31 March for kindergarten and After School Program (AKS)

  • All indoor recreational facilities for children and young people to close.
    • Outdoor sports and recreational activities for children and young people under the age of 20 are permitted for groups of up to ten people, as long as it is possible to keep a distance of one metre.

All existing measures will continue in effect. Among other things, this means that all cafés, restaurants and bars will remain shut (except for take-away service). Shops (except for food stores, etc.) must remain closed, and public events and the serving of alcohol will still be prohibited. Fitness centres, theatres and cinemas must also remain closed. High schools continue at the red risk level.

Oslo’s Governing Mayor urges all the city’s residents to avoid visits, restrict close contacts as much as possible and comply with social distancing rules.

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