Bergen introduces mandatory face mask use and asks people to avoid hugging each other

Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Bergen Municipality has adopted new corona measures. Face mask use is now mandatory, and restaurants must register guests.

City Council chief Roger Valhammer (AP) also emphasized that stricter measures are not yet relevant. 

“But we are in a situation where the infection is spreading again. Both the municipal health service and the hospitals report a great deal of pressure as a result of the infection situation,” Valhammer said, adding that the rules come into force from Monday next week and will last for four weeks.

On Thursday, Bergen recorded a new 24-hour record in registered cases of infection, a total of 209. On Friday, 133 cases of infection were registered.

New recommendations

Health Councilor Beate Husa makes new recommendations to the Municipality’s residents, in addition to the regulations that will enter into force on Monday. Husa strongly recommends wearing face masks in all public indoor environments and asks people to limit their number of close contacts.

“We encourage everyone to keep a distance from other people outside their own household, to have good hand hygiene, and avoid hugging people who are not their loved ones. We also ask people to avoid shaking hands and stay home when they are sick,” Husa noted.

Valhammer also said that the Municipality has received the messages from the government’s press conference and that it would thoroughly review how to follow up the possibility of using corona certificates.

The Municipality also promised to comply with the call to vaccinate those over 65 with a booster dose, as well as to administer the second dose for those between 16 and 17 years of age.

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