Støre to Norwegians: You can celebrate Christmas with your loved ones

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

Everyone who wants to can go home for Christmas – if the virus is kept in check, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said on Wednesday, just over a week before Christmas Eve.

“The plan for the Christmas celebration now is that Christmas is coming, you can go home for Christmas, and you can celebrate it with your loved ones. But there are recommendations on the number of people and distance,” Støre told NTB after the traditional, semi-annual press conference in the prime minister’s residence on Wednesday afternoon.

He spent a lot of time talking about the two crises that have characterized the autumn: the high electricity prices and the omicron variant.

Stricter measures

On Monday, the Norwegian government tightened its corona measures to tackle the new, contagious virus variant. The new measures were introduced just under a week after the health authorities reintroduced the 1-meter distance rule and asked people to limit their social contact.

Støre hopes the last round of measures will last until Christmas.

“I hope these (measures) can now be in place through Christmas… Then we’ll see,” Støre said.

Does not rule out new measures

However, he did not rule out new measures based on the development of the infection in Norway. 

“If we get new advice that requires new measures, we will not hesitate to implement them,” Støre noted.

So far, the advice for Christmas is that people can have a maximum of 10 guests in their homes, but 20 people are allowed to gather once during the Christmas holidays.

“Within that framework, there is room to celebrate a nice Christmas,” Støre concluded.

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