In order to address the threat related to the new omicron coronavirus variant, regional measures are being introduced in Oslo and the surrounding municipalities.
“We’re introducing corona measures at three levels. There will be regional measures for the municipalities that are particularly affected by infection, there will be stricter measures for travelers to Norway, and there will be national measures that apply to the whole of Norway,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference on Thursday.
“We still have to keep our distance to get control of the spread of infection, but that does not mean that we can not be in contact with each other. We can also go to clubs and venues,” Støre added.
He noted that further action might be needed soon if the situation worsens.
New measures in the Oslo region
The new measures include the mandatory use of face masks, home office, and a number of other restrictions in the municipalities around Oslo.
The regional measures apply to Oslo, Asker, Bærum and the surrounding area of Ahus (Grue, Kongsvinger, Nord-Odal, Sør-Odal, Eidskog, Hurdal, Nannestad, Ullensaker, Gjerdrum, Nes, Lørenskog, Lillestrøm, Rælingen, Aurskog-Høland, Enebakk , Nordre Follo, Ås, Nesodden, Frogn).
The measures include the mandatory use of a face mask when it is not possible to keep one meter of distance from others, mandatory home office for all or parts of the workforce, and a limit of 100 people at private events or rented premises.
Stricter testing requirements
The Norwegian government is introducing stricter testing requirements at the country’s borders. From midnight, everyone who comes to Norway must be tested within 24 hours.
From midnight, everyone who comes to Norway is obliged to test themselves within 24 hours of arrival in the country. This applies to both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, Minister of Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol stated at a press conference on Thursday.
Travelers can test themselves at a test station at border crossings, at a public testing station, or with a self-test.
If the test result is positive, the traveler is required to carry out a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours.
The regulation enters into force on December 2.
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