Here’s what will happen if Solberg decides to launch step 4 of Norway’s reopening plan today

Erna SolbergPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Even after Norway enters the next step in the reopening plan, Norwegians will have to live with a number of corona measures.

On Wednesday around noon, the Norwegian government will hold a press conference. It is expected that the government will announce more information about the next step in the reopening plan and related relief.

Step four is the last step in the reopening plan, but even after it is launched, a number of corona measures will remain active.

“We see no reason to change the hygiene advice. People must still have good hand hygiene and stay at home in case of illness and get tested,” the FHI wrote in its latest risk assessment, in which it provided a lot of advice to the authorities.

Table service requirements

After step four starts, top sports practice will be allowed to proceed, and restrictions on the number of guests in the home will be removed, but public events will still be recommended outdoors rather than indoors.

Step four also means that the requirement for table service at restaurants will disappear, but the requirement for seating for all guests will remain in force. 

The FHI also believes that there should be changes in the rules for quarantine for close contacts.

“A scheme with testing can probably replace the quarantine for many close contacts. The emergence of the delta variant does not change this assessment,” the FHI noted.

Local outbreaks

Outbreaks should continue to be followed up locally by the municipalities, the FHI recommended.

“Since there is now such a large and ever-increasing immunity in the population, there is significantly less danger that local outbreaks will run completely out of control, create a large disease burden, and overwhelm the hospitals. 

“The municipalities can therefore be more restrained when it comes to comprehensive contact-reducing measures; testing and infection tracing will often be sufficient. However, the hospitals must remain prepared to handle more patients with a serious course of the disease,” the FHI wrote.

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