Lillestrøm introduces the same strict corona measures as Oslo, closes shops and restaurants

Lillestrøm town hallPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Lillestrøm has decided to introduce the same strict anti-coronavirus measures as Oslo, among other things, by closing shops and restaurants.

The decision was made during a meeting on Wednesday morning with the support of 14 out of 15 representatives.

The measures apply from noon on Wednesday and will last until March 17.

FRP votes against

The Progress Party’s (FRP) Anette Elseth voted against the move. She wanted to keep the measures that have already been implemented.

MDG’s Eline Stangeland emphasized that she voted in favor of the measures with a “heavy and bleeding heart.”

Several of the representatives also expressed that they want national measures.

Gyms

These are the main features of the new measures:

  • Restaurants will be closed, with the exception of takeaway.
  • All shops have to close, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, and Vinmonopolet.
  • All gyms have to close.
  • There will be a ban on events both inside and outside, with some exceptions.

Strictest level

Municipal Director Trine Myrvold Wikstrøm pointed out that the Municipality has had an increase in infection of 70% in the last week. Around 50% of the cases are of the mutated virus variant.

“It is a difficult situation,” she said.

The measures introduced are at the 5A level, the strictest one. According to Wikstrøm, the goal is, among other things, to slow down trips and traffic from neighboring municipalities.

“It is difficult to recommend it, and I know it is intrusive for many people,” she emphasized.

According to the newspaper Romerikes Blad, 61 new infection cases have been reported in Romerike in the last 24 hours.

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

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