Removes bar stop and home office, but the meter remains. Here are the most important reliefs in the corona measures.
Today, we have finally reached the point where we can remove many of the infection control measures we have lived with this winter, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) during tonight’s press conference.
– We know that omicron causes less disease and that vaccines protect. We can therefore open up a long way.
Let there be no doubt, we are now in a new phase of the pandemic, said the Prime Minister.
These are the most important changes:
- No more recommendation on number limitation on guests at home. Also no number limit on events indoors or outdoors.
- At events with fixed seats, such as in the cinema, theater or in the church, the distance requirements are removed when sitting in the seat. This means that all seats in a hall can be used. The organizer shall facilitate that it is possible to keep distance otherwise in the venue or event area.
- Pouring stops and requirements for table service are removed, but there are still requirements for infection control-sound proper operation.
- It is no longer a national recommendation for a yellow level in kindergartens and schools.
- Colleges, universities and vocational colleges are recommended full physical presence during teaching. The recommendation of a distance of 1 meter can be deviated from when teaching.
- Organized sports and leisure activities can now take place as normal both indoors and outdoors for all age groups, with contact where necessary.
- Amusement parks, playgrounds, arcades and the like may reopen, but they must have infection control-sound operation.
- It will no longer be a requirement to facilitate a home office. It is recommended that employers themselves assess how much home office is right at the individual workplace. Here, companies must also think about how they can avoid everyone getting sick at the same time.
- The requirement to test oneself at the border for immigrants to Norway is removed.
All changes will take effect at 23.00 tonight.
The new assessment will be no later than 17 February, Støre said.
He also announced an external investigation by the government.
The new measures from the government have been taken on the basis of recommendations from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The health authorities have previously recommended relief in a number of areas.