Bergen introduces stricter corona measures after several daily infection records

Roger ValhammerPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

In Bergen, several infection records have been registered in recent days. Now, the Municipality is tightening up the corona measures, which will be stricter than the national ones.

There has been a development of gradually increasing infection rates in Bergen in recent weeks. On Thursday, 471 new cases of infection were registered in Bergen, a new daily record so far in the pandemic.

“There is reason to believe that parts of the infection are linked to the new omicron variant,” City Council chief Roger Valhammer (AP) said.

Due to the widespread infection, the Municipality is now tightening the corona measures.

Mandatory use of face masks

Bergen Municipality is introducing mandatory use of face masks from 8 PM on Thursday.

“This means that we’re introducing the mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public places where it is not possible to keep a distance of one meter (from others,” Valhammer said.

“This is a measure that is introduced on top of the national measures.”

Stricter regime

The Municipality is also introducing a stricter regime for isolation and quarantine.

“In practice, this means that everyone in Bergen who is diagnosed with infection, as well as their close contacts, will have to follow the national isolation and quarantine rules for omicron infection from Friday,” he added.

This applies until it is confirmed that the infection is not a case of the omicron variant.

No yellow level

Even though the government allowed the introduction of the yellow level of corona measures in schools, Bergen is not introducing it. 

Nevertheless, measures are being introduced that are usually part of the yellow level in order to keep kindergartens and schools open to a greater extent.

This means that it will be possible to use home school for shorter periods in schools that have outbreaks and a demanding infection and absence situation.

It will also be allowed to have limited opening hours for kindergarten. 

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