It’s official: Step three of Norway’s reopening plan will be implemented on June 20

Erna SolbergErna Solberg (H) has been the Norwegian prime minister since 2013. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Norway is ready to enter the next step in its national reopening plan, and the government has decided to implement step three of the reopening on Sunday at noon.

“Infection rates are declining, the number of hospital admissions is declining, and around half of the population over the age of 18 have received at least one vaccine dose. Norway is on schedule, and we are ready to go to step three of the reopening,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) said on Friday.

Falling infection rates, fewer corona patients in hospitals, and more people who have received vaccine doses are the backdrop for the government now taking society one step further back to normal.

Alcohol-serving limit to be removed 

From Sunday, June 20 at noon, alcohol-serving will again be allowed after midnight. However, bars and restaurants still won’t be allowed to let in new guests after midnight.

“The alcohol-serving ban after midnight will be lifted, but it will still be allowed to let in new guests after midnight. There are still requirements for registration, serving alcohol at the table, reduced number of guests, seating for all guests, and keeping distance,” Solberg said.

In Oslo, the alcohol-serving stop at midnight will continue to apply until July 4. But from July 5, the limit in Oslo will be lifted, and national rules will then apply.

More participants at private and public events

More people will also be able to gather privately and publicly, the government announced.

Up to 100 people will be allowed at private events in rented premises or public places.

The maximum number of guests visiting private homes is also being increased from 10 to 20.

Those who are protected against the coronavirus and have a green corona certificate are not included in the total number

The previous reopening step was implemented on the night of Thursday, May 27. The government has previously said that they would spend about three weeks assessing the situation and making the necessary analyses and assessments before implementing each step.

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