Oslo City Council leader: If the infection increases, we will introduce very intrusive measures

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

“If the number of coronavirus infection cases continues to increase, we will have to introduce very intrusive measures,” City Council leader Raymond Johansen (AP) said at a press conference on Monday.

“We must keep one meter of distance in everything we do,” Johansen said, repeating Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s recent recommendation.

Both politicians believe that the recommended meter of distance between people has become somewhat ignored in recent months.

Johansen issued strong warnings to the people of Oslo about the growing coronavirus infection in the city.

All 15 districts now have more than 20 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

Old Oslo, St. Hanshaugen, and Sagene have over 100 infected per 100,000 inhabitants.

New recommendations

The City Council also set forward new rules and recommendations on gatherings, face masks on public transport, and the registration of guests at places where people go out.

The number of people allowed to gather in private homes has been reduced to ten as of Tuesday.

The municipality is also considering a ban on public events of more than 50 people indoors.

While the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH/FHI) has been recommending passengers on public transport in the Oslo area wear face masks during rush hour for several weeks, Oslo Municipality now strongly encourages people to wear face masks on public transport at all times.

The decision is not only due to increasing infection rates but also to the fact that all bus drivers in Oslo and old Akershus are on strike.

Thus, there trams and subways in the capital are under a lot of pressure.

Registration of guests

The face mask recommendation also applies to other places where people cannot keep a meter of distance at all times, including shopping malls and grocery stores.

The municipality has sent out an SMS to everyone in the city, urging them to keep their distance, wear face masks, and stay at home if they feel the disease’s symptoms.

Oslo’s restaurants are now urged to register all guests.

A waiter was infected last Saturday at the Köd restaurant in central Oslo, but as the restaurant registered all the guests that night, it was able to contact them and invite them to test themselves.

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