It’s official: Government repeals extra strict measures in Eastern Norway

Bent HøiePhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The Norwegian government is lifting the strict extra measures that were introduced in a number of municipalities in Eastern Norway in connection with the mutant outbreaks in Nordre Follo and Halden.

“The situation in Oslo, Nordre Follo, Halden, and the surrounding municipalities is now clear, so the government has decided to end the regional measures,” Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) said at the government’s weekly press conference on the corona situation.

The measures will be lifted at midnight on Thursday, February 18.


“We have decided to lift the measures in Eastern Norway, which expire on Thursday night. The current measures apply until February 17. The exception is Hvaler and Fredrikstad, which need more time to make local decisions,” Høie added.

Thus, it will be up to the municipalities to decide the local corona measures level in the future.

“The municipalities will decide what the measures will be locally in the next few days. It is important that the population follows along.

“It is not necessarily the case that the removal of regional measures means that there will be relief in the municipality you live in,” he added.

Halden, Oslo, and Sarpsborg have had the strictest government-imposed measures, at the so-called C level.

In addition, there have been D level corona measures in Asker, Bærum, Fredrikstad, Hvaler, Indre Østfold, Lillestrøm, Lunner, Lørenskog, Moss, Nittedal, Nordre Follo, Rakkestad, Rælingen, Råde, Skiptvet, Våler, and Ås.

Ring 1 and ring 2 model

The municipalities were initially located in different rings (ring 1 and ring 2) in connection with the outbreaks, but these are now being abolished. 

Extra measures have also been introduced in Western Norway in connection with the outbreaks in Ulvik and Bergen. These measures were continued for one more week on Monday.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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