Norwegian government decides to prolong most national corona measures until mid-March

Erna SolbergPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The Norwegian government will keep the majority of the current corona rules in place. 

The decision is in line with the recommendations that the government received from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). 

They believe there is still a need for what they call a strong national safety net.

“As the decline in infection rates now seems to have stopped, and we have not yet gained extensive experience with the new, more infectious virus variants, there is a risk of easing the measures too much now,” the Directorate warned earlier in the day.

Measures to be continued until mid-March 

There will be no major relief nationally until mid-March at the earliest, the government states. 

However, Solberg is gently lifting restrictions in sports for children and young people.

“Children and young people under the age of 20 can compete and participate in sporting events. 

“Indoors, there can be up to 50 people at these events, 200 outside,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said during a corona press conference on Friday.

Relief for young people

The government points out that there are large differences in how much infection there is around the country and that the situation can change quickly in a short time.

“We see that the national measures have had an effect, and more and more people are protected through vaccines. It’s going in the right way.

“At the same time, the infection situation is still unstable. Therefore, we decided to mostly uphold the national measures that will limit the spread of infection.

“But we do have some relief, especially for children, young people, and students. At the same time, we are also tightening up so that the infection situation does not get out of control,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) noted.

National alcohol-serving rules tightened

The government is tightening the national alcohol-serving rules.

From Tuesday, venues have to stop serving the alcohol at 10:00 PM. Up to Tuesday, they had to stop at midnight. 

“Following advice from the health authorities, we are moving the alcohol-serving stop from midnight to 10:00 PM,” Solberg said.

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