Norwegian health authorities recommend reopening society at the turn of the month

Bjørn GuldvogPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

At the turn of the month, the government should proceed with its reopening plan to introduce “normal everyday life with increased preparedness,” according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

The two authorities made their recommendation two and a half hours before the government’s press conference on the corona situation. 

However, the recommendation is valid only if the corona situation remains the same in the next few weeks. In the event of negative developments, the decision may have to be reconsidered. 

Vaccination still necessary

The authorities emphasize that the municipalities must still prioritize vaccination against both coronavirus and influenza and that some guidelines and measures should remain in place. 

These measures include the infection control guidelines, isolation of the infected, downgraded TISK, the traffic light model in schools and kindergartens (green-yellow-red), and protection of vulnerable groups.

The one-meter rule may disappear

The government has previously announced that the measures that will be repealed in the event of further reopening include the one-meter rule, restrictions related to events and gatherings, and admission bans at restaurants.

The health authorities also recommend that entry restrictions and entry measures be gradually reduced. The FHI wants to remove entry restrictions in four phases. 

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