UPDATE: Oslo announces new coronavirus restrictions aimed at teenagers

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The Local - [email protected] • 16 Nov, 2020 Updated Mon 16 Nov 2020 16:44 CEST
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Oslo’s city government has put school grades 8-10 (ungdomsskole) at a higher restriction level and banned organised indoor leisure activities for some youth age groups.

At a briefing on Monday, Oslo city mayor Raymond Johansen confirmed that new measures are to include moving school grades 8-10 (ungdomsskole) to the ‘red’ level of restrictions used by health authorities for schools.

That means measures including reduction of group sizes, minimal contact between different classes and varying attendance times for different classes if practical. Online classes, with students attending from home, will also be stepped up.

The restrictions will affect up to 18,000 students and become effective for an initial two weeks from Tuesday, according to NRK.

In addition, the new restrictions include a ban on organised leisure activities for people between the ages of 13 and 19. That can include theatre, dance, and the Scouts (speider), for example.

Indoors sport, including football, handball and gymnastics, are also banned for the age range.

Younger school classes are to stay at the lower ‘yellow’ alert level and younger age groups are not affected by the ban.

"We are seeing that many schools in Oslo have infections amongst both staff and students. A significant number of teachers and students are in quarantine. We can't risk the infection spreading amongst the youth while the rest of society is shut down," Johansen said at the briefing.

Norway's capital already in ‘social lockdown’, with strict measures the latest in a series of restrictions to be put into effect in the Norwegian capital in recent weeks.

The ‘social lockdown', which came into effect last Tuesday, means the closure of a broad section of sports and culture facilities, assembly limitations, as well as a ban on serving alcohol at all times.


Last week, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said that the 13-19-year age group was currently seeing the largest increase in new Covid-19 infections.

2,107 people in Oslo have registered positive tests for Covid-19 during the last two weeks, according to Oslo Municipality figures.







The Local 2020/11/16 16:44

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