Reopening: Norway removes face mask and distance requirements

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB
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At a press conference on Saturday, the Norwegian government announced it would remove most of the remaining corona measures.

The Norwegian government has decided to remove the requirement to keep a distance of one meter in public places.

The removal of the meter of distance requirement means that, among other things, restaurants and organizers of public events can once again operate as normal.

Face masks

The requirement to wear a face mask in public places when people cannot keep one meter of distance from others is also removed.

The face mask requirement will no longer apply to, for example, public transport, shops, or restaurants.

Although face masks will no longer be mandatory, the use of face masks in close contact with people in risk groups is recommended if you have cold/respiratory symptoms.

People in risk groups and the unvaccinated are also recommended to wear face masks among people during periods of high infection if it is difficult to keep distance from others.

Isolation rules 

It will no longer be mandatory to isolate oneself if one becomes infected with corona.

Up to Saturday, the rule has been that you must isolate yourself for four days if you test positive for corona, but this is now changed from a rule to a recommendation.

Støre: We have been waiting for this day

“We have been waiting for this day to come,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said when he opened the government’s press conference on the corona situation on Saturday.

“Keeping distance between us is no longer necessary. The meter (of distance requirement) is gone; we’re removing the general advice to keep your distance (from others).”

“The meter of distance has prevented us from living normally with other people. And not least, it has been difficult for those who make a living from people gathering, whether it is at a bar, conference, or elsewhere. Now we can socialize as before at cultural events and other social events. And on the way to and from work, on the bus, train, and ferries,” he added.

Traffic light model in schools discontinued

The government is also discontinuing the traffic light model in schools and kindergartens. Pupils and employees thus return to a more normal school and kindergarten everyday life.

Kindergarten children and schoolchildren also no longer need to be tested unless they have symptoms.

Municipalities still have the opportunity to use the traffic light model if they deem it necessary.

The government reckons that many students and staff will be infected in the time to come and that high sickness absence can be a challenge.

“I know that leaders and employees in kindergartens and schools do their utmost to ensure that all children receive a full offer, even if the situation is still demanding. Our goal is for all schools and kindergartens to return to normal operation as soon as possible,” Minister of Education Tonje Brenna (AP) stated.

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