Government postpones reopening of Norway, introduces national alcohol serving ban

Bent HøiePhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

The Norwegian government no longer plans to reopen society at the end of March. 

The information was announced by Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) at a press conference on Tuesday, where he presented new national corona measures.

“We have previously announced that we will probably present the long-term plan for reopening the country at the end of March. We can not do that with the situation that we have now, but we are working on the plan,” Høie said.

National alcohol serving ban 

From Thursday, March 25, It will be forbidden to serve alcohol all over the country, Høie stated.

Some municipalities already have an alcohol serving ban in place, but now the restriction will apply to the whole country.

Since February 23, the national rules have been that alcohol serving has to stop at 10:00 PM. 

Quarantine hotel rules

People coming to Norway from unnecessary trips abroad will now have to spend the entire quarantine period in quarantine hotels.

Previously, people in quarantine hotels had the opportunity to test themselves and leave the quarantine hotel on day three.

That will no longer be possible for people who come from what is considered an unnecessary trip abroad, Høie noted.

A ban on sports for adults

The government is introducing a ban on all indoor sports and leisure activities for adults across the country.

These rules already apply in a number of municipalities, including the entire Oslo area. The rules are now made national.

As before, top athletes are exempted from the ban on organized sports and leisure activities.

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