Norway to allow events of up to 50 people from next week

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Norway to allow events of up to 50 people from next week
Will this allow an audience to watch performances of groups like the Buekorps Boys Brigade. Photo: Visit Norway

Norway's government will from next week allow events for up to 50 people to be held in public places, in a major relaxation of the country's restrictions which will open the way for at least some group celebrations on National Day.


From May 7, events will be allowed to be held in a public place for up to 50 people, so long as they meet a set of new conditions.
"Now we are open up a bit, but we are setting clear conditions to keep control," the country's health minister Bent Høie said as he announced the change, according to Norway's state broadcaster NRK.  "Events will be allowed where it is possible to keep a distance of at least one meter between people who are not in the same household."
He added that if the new rule for public events goes well, and Norway does not seen a worrying surge in infections over the coming month, the government might then lift the maximum number to 200 people.


Those holding the events must also be deemed a "responsible organiser" capable of keeping a record of who is present, and how many people are attending. 
"It is important for a responsible organiser to ensure rapid infection detection if necessary," he said. "Events without a responsible organiser will not be allowed." 
For gatherings which do not have a responsible organiser, the limit remains at five people, as it was previously, he said. 
On May 7, the government plans to announce its guidelines for celebrations for Norway's National Day on May 17. 
Norway currently has a ban all gatherings of more than five people, compared to ten in Denmark and 50 in Sweden. 
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