The Norwegian government announced national alcohol-serving limits on Thursday. Restaurants with a liquor license will not be able to let in new guests after 10:00 PM.
Furthermore, they will have to stop serving alcohol at midnight. The measures will be implemented at midnight on Saturday, November 7, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) said in her statement to the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Thursday.
End of parties
The nightlife industry has warned that national alcohol-serving limits could lead to more private parties.
But Solberg says that people have to stop partying now.
“Now, there has to be an end to parties for a period of time,” Solberg noted.
According to Solberg, with an admission stop at 10:00 PM, there will also be fewer people going from place to place late at night.
“That will reduce access to alcohol and the number of places where people can meet in a drunken state,” Solberg said.
Events and gatherings
The tightening of rules comes as a result of several outbreaks of infection being linked specifically to private gatherings.
Today, the government set a limit of 20 people at private gatherings in public places and rented premises.
At indoor events where people don’t have fixed seats, the limit is 50 people.
At indoor events where everyone in the audience has fixed seats, the limit is still 200, Solberg added.
The restrictions for events apply from midnight to Monday, November 9.
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