Solberg tightens national alcohol-serving rules, Virke warns: This could ruin restaurants

Ivar Horneland KristensenPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

The Norwegian government is tightening the national rules for alcohol-serving. 

From Tuesday, venues have to stop serving the alcohol at 10:00 PM. Up to Tuesday, they had to stop at midnight. 

“Following advice from the health authorities, we are moving the alcohol-serving stop from midnight to 10:00 PM,” Solberg said.

The Prime Minister says that there will be no major corona relief nationally until mid-March at the earliest, but that there will be limited relief in sports for children and young people from Tuesday.

Virke’s reaction

Virke, the Enterprise Federation of Norway, says that half of the restaurants already fear bankruptcy and that further limiting alcohol-serving time is another blow to the industry.

“Now, it is extra urgent that the Norwegian parliament (Storting) adopts a scheme with reimbursement of employers’ wage costs in the event of redundancies and compensation for loss of inventory,” CEO of Virke, Ivar Horneland Kristensen, warned. 

If not, the coronavirus crisis could ruin otherwise viable restaurants, Kristensen fears. 

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