Oslo introduces radical anti-corona measures: No more alcohol serving, the city is closing down

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

On Friday, Oslo announced strict new anti-coronavirus measures. 

Here’s the list of the changes:

  • Oslo Municipality is introducing what Oslo City Council leader Raymond Johansen referred to as “social closure.”
  • All gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, and theaters will be closed. Libraries may, however, remain open.
  • Indoor events are prohibited.
  • There will be a full stop of alcohol serving.
  • All upper secondary schools are switching to the “red” level, which entails stricter infection control measures.
  • Funerals are still allowed.

Limiting social activity

“All these places lead to people gathering and moving around the city,” Johansen said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

If one is to succeed in limiting social activity to a minimum, we must close places where people gather, Johansen said.

Alcohol serving ban 

Oslo also introduced a full ban on alcohol serving as part of limiting the spread of infection in the city.

“The bars have made a great effort to limit the spread of infection, but when we introduce a social closure of Oslo, alcohol serving must also stop,” he added.

The measures will apply from midnight on Monday and last for three weeks.

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