It’s official: Oslo to revoke alcohol-serving stop at midnight and mandatory home office on Monday

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Oslo Municipality’s regulations on mandatory home office and alcohol-serving stop at midnight will be lifted on Monday, July 5.

Due to the infection situation in Oslo, the City Council is relaxing several of the local corona rules. Oslo Municipality announced the news on Thursday.

“The reopening of Oslo continues to go very well. Even with a lot of life in the city, increased mobility, and fewer rules, the number of infected and hospitalized people continues to fall. It is a great relief, and as planned, we can then proceed with the reopening of Oslo from Monday. From Monday, we will also follow the national rules for alcohol-serving and home office,” City Council chief Raymond Johansen (AP) stated.

When the national rules are relaxed further, the changes will also apply in Oslo.

Furthermore, as of this week, 5,000 people will be allowed at outdoor events with allocated seats and a corona certificate.

“For all of us in Oslo who love sports, this is a real milestone. We are on our way back to city life as we know it in more and more areas,” he added.

Alcohol-serving and home office rules

On June 15, the Oslo City Council eased the corona restrictions but retained the municipality’s rules for alcohol-serving and home office.

Although the national alcohol-serving stop was removed on June 20, Oslo chose to retain a serving stop at midnight. Now the local alcohol-serving rules are removed.

The national rules – according to which bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can’t let in new guests after 24 o’clock – will apply. 

For workplaces, national advice on infection control in workplaces still applies, which means, among other things, that one must be able to keep a distance from others. 

Home office

“The use of a home office has been absolutely crucial to reduce mobility and reduce contact. When the infection is as low as it is now, it is no longer right to require home office. This means that people can start to be more physically present in the workplace,” Johansen said.

He reminded people that both employers and employees must remember that there is still clear advice to prevent infection in the workplace and a recommendation to avoid unnecessary travel by public transport.

“For most businesses, a combination of home office and presence at work will make sense for a while longer,” he noted.

Requirements for face masks

Although some relief is implemented, some local measures will be retained. 

This applies to requirements for the use of face masks in public transport and in taxis, as well as the recommendation to avoid unnecessary travel by public transport. 

The rule on infection control measures on construction sites is also continued.

Oslo Municipality states that they will continue to follow the infection situation closely throughout the summer and will be ready to implement new measures if necessary.

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