Oslo continues extension of local coronavirus restrictions
The Oslo city government has extended local coronavirus restrictions until further notice.
That means the continuation of restrictions including a ban on private gathering of over 10 people and mandatory use of face masks on congested public transport.
The public transport face mask requirement applies when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of one metre.
Although the government is easing national restrictions in October, measures put in place by local authorities will take precedence over the national rules.
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The measures currently effect in Oslo are as follows.
- Temporary ban on indoor events with over 50 participants if the participants are not seated
- Face masks must be worn on public transport where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 1 metre
- Face masks must be worn by home carers where it is not possible to maintain social distance
- Restaurants, cafes and other places where food is served must register all customers
“We are following the infection situation in Oslo closely, and as the situation is now, the city council has decided to extend all corona measures. The measures make it possible to keep Oslo as open as possible while remaining strict enough for us to have control over the spread of infection,” Oslo Executive Mayor Raymond Johansen said in a statement.
The city government assesses the measures on an ongoing basis and they will stay in place until they are revoked or changed.
A total of 10,016 people have been tested for Covid-19 in Oslo in the last seven days, which corresponds to an average of 1431 people per day. In that period, 321 people tested positive for the virus, VG reports.
Johansen said the city has a “good test capacity and good ability to trace infections,” the newspaper quotes.