Bergen announces local restrictions after detecting 77 new Covid-19 cases

Bergen announces local restrictions after detecting 77 new Covid-19 cases
Bergen is to introduce local coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Florencia Viadana on Unsplash
The city of Bergen is to implement local coronavirus restrictions after 77 new cases of the virus were registered, a record number for the city.

The new measures are to take effect on Thursday, broadcaster NRK reports.

The number exceeds the latest daily infection total in capital city Oslo, which also has local restrictions in place.

Oslo has registered 68 new cases of Covid-19 in the last day. As such, the two cities represent a sizeable chunk of the country’s new cases. 324 new cases were reported early on Wednesday.

It should be noted that although the figure of 77 new infections is strikingly high for the city, only 9 new cases were reported the previous day, so the total of 86 new cases are likely to be spread over 48 hours. NRK reports congestion at a test centre in the city as a possible factor.

Bergen’s new requirements will come into effect at the same time as new national measures announced earlier this week.

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The requirements in the west coast city are as follows:

  • A ban in private gatherings of over ten people, exemptions for groups connected to childcare and school
  • A ban on public events with over 50 participants if seating is not provided for all attendees
  • Mandatory face masks on public transport if a one-metre social distance is not possible
  • Mandatory face masks at indoor public places including stores, shopping malls, bars and restaurants if a one-metre social distance is not possible
  • All restaurants, bars and cafes must require ID and keep a register of customers, including establishments that don’t serve alcohol
  • Ban on sale of spirits after midnight
  • Bars and nightclubs must reduce volume of music so guests can conduct conversations while maintaining a one metre social distance.

Additionally, the Bergen city council has recommended working from home wherever possible and to reduce social contacts, echoing the national recommendations.

“We support the national recommendation wholeheartedly. We must reduce the number of people we meet in the course of a day and a week outside of our own household and family,” city council leader Roger Valhammer said at a press briefing reported by NRK.


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