2 December: New COVID-19 measures to be implemented in Oslo
Press release: Due to the spread of the Omicron virus variant, the Norwegian government has now implemented a number of measures that will also apply to Oslo.
“The measures introduced by the government today will have considerable consequences for Oslo. Many of those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic will also have to bear the brunt of these measures. Both the human and financial costs for Oslo residents will be extremely high,” says the Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen (Norwegian Labour Party).
The situation is entirely different today than at the start of the year, when the Alpha variant emerged, and 90 per cent of Oslo residents over the age of 18 have now been vaccinated. The City of Oslo will maintain a strong focus on vaccination and testing.
“This week, vaccination centres with available capacity will begin calling in high-risk residents, ages 18–64, for a third vaccine dose. In some districts, it will be possible to begin vaccination of residents ages 45–64 before Christmas. If offered a vaccine, please say yes,” urges the Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen.
The City of Oslo has now expanded its testing capacity and will be able to test 50,000 people a week, which is higher that the government requirement. Book an appointment for a test to avoid queuing for walk-in tests.
The following measures will apply after midnight Friday 3 December 2021
- Face masks are required when it is not possible to keep an adequate distance from others in shops, shopping centres, public transport and taxis.
- Working from home is required for all or some employees – for example for half the week, if possible, as long as this does not negatively affect important and essential services.
- Guests at dining establishments, bars and events must be registered in order to notify possible infections.
- Alcohol may only be served at the table in bars and licensed dining establishments, and at events that are licensed to serve alcohol.
- Requirements for seating in licensed dining establishments and bars.
- A limit of 600 people in cohorts of 200 for indoor events without allocated seating.
- A limit of 100 people for private indoor events in public places, or in rented or borrowed venues.
More information about the individual measures can be found at regjeringen.no
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