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Top Gear Stavanger shows postponed

BBC Worldwide has postponed all four Top Gear Live shows at Stavanger’s Sørmarka Arena this coming weekend, as the fate of the car show’s popular presenter Jeremy Clarkson hangs in the balance.

Top Gear Stavanger shows postponed
Jeremy Clarkson (right) with co-presenters in a rehearsal for a Top Gear Live event in Oslo in 2011. Photo: Morten Holm / Scanpix
“Top Gear Live regrets to inform those with tickets to next week's shows in Stavanger that we will be postponing all four shows, with new dates later this year which will be announced shortly,” the company announced on the website of Norway’s Atomic Soul, which was promoting the shows. 
 
Clarkson remains suspended by the BBC after a “fracas” at the start of the month in which he allegedly punched a producer during a dispute over hot food at the hotel where they were staying during a shoot.
 
The cancellation, while widely expected, followed assurances from both Peer Osmundsvaag, Atomic Soul’s promoter, and a spokesman for BBC Worldwide maintained that the shows were still scheduled.
 
The change could have come because the internal BBC inquiry into the events is now due to report next week, meaning the shows would have taken place before the BBC could decide on whether Clarkson will keep his job or be dismissed. 
 
Some 18,000 fans have already bought tickets for the event, paying between £45 and £100. 
 
A BBC Worldwide spokesman told The Guardian that the decision of would not affect events in coming months in Sydney, Belfast,  Sheffield and Johannesburg. 

 
“At present, all other Top Gear Live dates will run as scheduled,” he said. 
 

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Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules

A branch of Burger King in Norway was ordered to close on Saturday night after inspectors judged it was allowing customers to rub up too closely together.

Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules
The branch of Burger King in Stavanger's main square. Photo: Google Maps
The restaurant in Stavanger, the capital of the country's oil industry, was visited by inspectors from the city government late on Saturday night, and judged not to be meeting infection control requirements.  
 
“The restaurant was closed because they did not comply with the guidelines for distance between the customers,” Øyvind Berekvam, a spokesperson for the municipality, told Norway's state broadcaster NRK
 
Norway requires all bars and restaurants to ensure that customers and personnel can maintain a distance between one another of at least one metre. 
 
Heidi Moss, the marketing manager for King Food, which has run Burger King's Norway franchise sine 1988, said that the chain was looking at how to make sure there could be no infringements at its other 109 restaurants in the country. 
 
“We are of course taking the event in Stavanger very seriously,” she told NRK. “We want to avoid similar situations and are right now looking at measures that can be implemented.”
 
She said she was considering where possible putting place a one-way system in restaurants with separate entrances and exits, and also perhaps hiring security guards. 
 
 
The closure marked the first time a bar or restaurant has been shut down for non-compliance in Stavanger since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. 
 
Runar Johannessen, the head of infection control in Stavanger, said he believed that all nightspots should employ security guards to make sure customers follow distancing requirements. 
 
“It is a challenge to adhere to the guidelines when there is as little contagion as there is now, but with no idea how this develops,” he said. 
 
For example, it may be to return to stay open day and night, guard when there are many guests waiting and differentiated entrance and exit so that there is a one-way walk through the restaurant, according to the marketing manager.
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