Oslo updates corona measures: Shopping centers and gyms to remain closed, alcohol serving still banned

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

Fitness-loving Oslo citizens have to wait some more to return to the gyms, which have been closed in the capital since November 10.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Oslo City Council leader Raymond Johansen said gyms would remain closed. 

However, fitness centers – like sports teams – are allowed to organize outdoor training.

“This is a cautious start for gyms and sports teams on the road to full reopening,” Johansen (AP) said.

The measures presented on Wednesday will, in principle, last for two weeks, from Thursday, February 18 to March 3.

Shopping centers to remain closed 

Furthermore, Oslo Municipality has decided to keep the shopping centers closed.

Johansen emphasizes that the City Council aims for the shopping centers to reopen – in part – in the coming weeks.

“A reopening will mean that we keep the restrictions that apply to the shopping centers.

“This means that restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses in shopping centers that are exceptions can stay open, but other types of shops in shopping centers must be closed,” he added.

Alcohol serving ban extended

Oslo Municipality is also extending the alcohol serving ban that has been in place since November 10.

NHO Reiseliv reacted to the news – the organization believes that the alcohol serving ban should be lifted as soon as possible.

“Oslo has been without alcohol serving for three months, and it hits the related industry hard. Hundreds of small restaurants are on the verge of bankruptcy. Alcohol sales make up a significant part of the restaurants’ earnings,” CEO Kristin Krohn Devold said.

Leisure activities for young people up to 19 years relaunched 

The City Council has decided to reopen leisure activities for young people up to and including the age of 19, as well as for adults to be able to participate in organized outdoor training.

The decision will apply from Thursday, Johansen stated. 

Training and organized leisure activities for young people up to and including the age of 19 apply both outdoors and indoors.

As long as people can keep at least one meter of distance from others, adults can participate in organized training in groups of a maximum of ten people, the Municipality stated.

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