Minister: Shopping centers will remain closed when the Oslo region gradually reopens

Guri MelbyPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

The shopping centers in the 25 closed municipalities in the Oslo area will be closed until February 10 at the earliest. Other stores will gradually reopen.

The strict measures will be continued until February 3, before a gradual opening. Then, the 25 municipalities will be divided into two groups, but all municipalities will have to keep the shopping centers closed until February 10 at the earliest.

“Most stores are closed today. Based on the advice we have received from the health authorities, individual stores in these municipalities can open from February 3. The shopping centers and department stores will have to remain closed,” Minister of Education Guri Melby (V) said.

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) explained that the government is keeping the shopping centers closed to prevent people from moving too much. 

Associated risk

“It is, among other things, based on the risk associated with mobility, we aim to strike down the more contagious variant,” Høie said.

In March and into the spring, the shopping centers were allowed to remain open, even in a difficult infection situation.

“Fortunately, we know a lot more than we did in March. Closing a shopping center or department store is part of the national level 5 contingency plan, as (shopping centers) attract so many people across municipal boundaries. This makes it more demanding to have control over tracking,” Høie noted.

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