What coronavirus restrictions are Oslo’s neighbouring municipalities considering?

What coronavirus restrictions are Oslo’s neighbouring municipalities considering?
Countryside near Oslo. Photo: bennett tobias on Unsplash
Norwegian municipalities close to Oslo are considering tighter coronavirus measures in response to an increase in cases in the capital.

Some municipalities are considering advising residents against travel to Oslo, according to newspaper VG.

49 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the city on Tuesday, NRK reports, an increase of 5 from the previous day.

Oslo Municipality has registered a total of 547 new cases over the last 14 days according to VG's running total of national database figures.

Lunner and Vestby are among municipalities considering a recommendation to avoid the capital.

“I see non-essential travel to Oslo as not very wise,” Vestby Municipality spokesperson Tom Ludvigsen told VG.

Oslo announced on Monday new measures intended at reducing infections, including a temporary ban on indoor events with over 50 participants if the participants are not seated and a mandatory requirement for face mask use on congested public transport.

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The latter measure is now being considered by outlying municipalities Nesodden, Lilletrøm, Rælingen, Lunner, Gjerdrum and Gran, VG writes.

A number of the municipalities were engaged in discussion over potential measure on Tuesday with confirmation of any decisions expected to follow.

Any decisions will come against a background of easing national restrictions. Prime Minister Solberg announced on Wednesday that a ban on serving alcohol after midnight would be lifted from October 12th, while outdoor events will be allowed attendances of up to 600 people.

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