Norway’s Health Minister: From next week, people will be allowed to hug in nursing homes again

Bent HøiePhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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The Norwegian government’s advice for nursing home visits will change from next week in nursing homes where the residents have been vaccinated.

“It will be allowed to hug again. Residents who have been vaccinated do not have to keep their distance from visitors who have been vaccinated,” Høie said.

However, he added that nonvaccinated visitors could also visit residents, but that they should be few in number. 

“Other visitors must still keep their distance, even if they visit someone who has been vaccinated,” Høie added.

Local differences

The new advice will apply from Monday, February 8. In a press release, the Ministry of Health reminded people that it takes 1-2 weeks for the last dose of the vaccine to provide full protection.

Decisions on visiting rules for nursing homes where not all residents have been vaccinated will be made locally.

“The nursing homes must still consider the need for banning visits if there are outbreaks or unresolved situations, even if the residents have been vaccinated,” Høie added.

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

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