24 September: Oslo reopens

"Oslo City Council is lifting the local coronavirus regulations with immediate effect. This means that Oslo’s residents can follow national regulations and advice,” says Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen (Labour Party).

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The government has decided that Norway will return to normal daily life with increased preparedness on Saturday 25 September at 16.00. Based on the current situation, signals from central infection control authorities and assessments from the Infection Control Superintendent the City Council has decided to lift the City of Oslo’s regulations to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

– This means that we no longer need to keep one metre apart or wear a face covering. It also means that rules on maximum gatherings no longer apply and that we can once again give each other a good hug. I encourage everyone to use public transport and cultural and hospitality venues. Together we’ll get working, daily and cultural life back up and running,” says Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen (Labour Party).

The infection rate in Oslo has been declining in recent weeks. Few people are being admitted to hospital and the vaccination rate is steadily rising. Oslo is now lifting the local regulations and national rules will apply in Oslo.

– The pandemic is finally nearing an end. We have been waiting for this for a long time. The people of Oslo have been incredibly patient, followed rules and advice and steadfastly refused to let the infection gain the upper hand. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Oslo for everything you have done over the past 18 months. We have always said that vaccines are the way out of the pandemic. In Oslo, we have administered more than one million vaccines, over 83 per cent of those over 18 have been vaccinated and, if we include those who are partially vaccinated, this figure is almost 89 per cent,” says Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen (Labour Party).

Advice for residents

  • If you have not already done so, get vaccinated against coronavirus. Remember to take both doses of the vaccine if you are over 16.
  • If you are in a high-risk group, get the flu vaccine this year.
  • Stay at home if you are ill and get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms.
  • Tell your close contacts if you are infected with coronavirus.
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly.
  • If you are in a high-risk group, keep your distance and wear a face covering if this is not possible.

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