Norway expected to announce face mask guidelines: here’s what to look out for

Norway expected to announce face mask guidelines: here’s what to look out for
People queue on the City Hall quay in Oslo earlier this summer. Photo: AFP
The Norwegian Directorate of Health has said new guidelines for face mask use will be announced in the near future.

Espen Nakstad, the vice-director of the health board told TV2 new guidelines would be introduced for face masks, public transport and how to reduce virus spread.

“New advice will come in a few days,” Nakstad told TV2 on Wednesday.

Authorities are looking into ways to reduce the number of people using public transport at any one time, according to the report.

Employers may also be asked to adjust working hours or make them more flexible, and to expand the use of working from home.


“Clear advice on which situations face masks will be relevant is also forthcoming,” Nakstad said.

“I think it is looking like a recommendation to use face masks in situations where it is not possible to maintain a one-metre distance,” he said, adding that was his “short answer” on what the forthcoming recommendations would entail.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health vice-director said that Norway’s low number of cases until now was thanks in part to good levels of public compliance. However, he said, contact between people was now increasing and there were also signs the public was becoming more relaxed with regard to hygiene and distance guidelines.

“We are vulnerable now. We must take individual responsibility by trying to plan journeys, cycle to work or try to avoid taking public transport when everyone else is,” he said.

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