Color Line cancels all departures between December 28 and 30 after corona outbreak among employees

Color LinePhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / SCANPIX

Color Line will initially cancel all departures between December 28 and 30 after three more employees have been diagnosed with the coronavirus during a trip. 

According to newspaper VG, the three infected employees are still on board the Color Line Magic ship with 900 passengers, which arrives in Oslo from Kiel on Monday morning at 10:00 AM.

All close contacts are in isolation, Helge Otto Mathisen, the Executive Vice President for Communications and Public Relations at Color Line, told the newspaper.

The company is waiting for more test results. None of the passengers are considered close contacts.

It is not publicly known how many departures were planned. The next scheduled departure is now January 3.

Oslo ready to assist

Oslo Municipality has no plans to do anything out of the ordinary when the ship arrives on Monday.

Color Line has good routines for testing and following up on employees and is in ongoing contact with the municipality, communications consultant Kjartan Sverdrup in the Oslo municipality health service told news bureau NTB. 

Should there be a need for further testing, the municipality is ready to assist.

“We would also like to remind you that all test stations in Oslo have drop-ins, and we recommend all passengers to test themselves if they think they need it,” Sverdrup said.


According to VG, Color Line Magic sailed from Oslo to Kiel on December 26, even though four other employees at the same ship tested positive earlier this week.

All of the crew on the voyage were tested before the trip.

Everyone who has booked trips that have now been canceled will be offered a new trip or a refund of the tickets, according to the company.

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