Coronavirus: Oslo extends social lockdown by two weeks

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 6 Jan, 2021 Updated Wed 6 Jan 2021 16:07 CEST
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Norway’s capital Oslo has extended current local Covid-19 restrictions until January 21st.

The city council in the capital has extended current restrictions, which were due to be reevaluated on Thursday, by two weeks.

An additional rule banning indoor leisure activities for junior school aged and younger children has been added to the restrictions, NRK reports.

Oslo’s local restrictions, which put the city under stricter measures than the rest of the country, were first introduced on November 10th.

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According to official data, 204 cases were registered in Oslo in the most recent daily update, giving a total of 1,471 for the last 14 days.

The city currently has an infection level of 215.7 per 100,000 residents, according to newspaper VG’s running monitor, which assess the infections curve in the city to be mildly increasing.

The following restrictions currently apply in Oslo:

  • All indoor events are banned. The only indoor social activity allowed is gatherings in private homes, where there can be up to ten people, if infection control measures are complied with.
  • Weddings, confirmations and other family gatherings where there are more than ten people are not allowed.
  • All businesses where cultural and leisure activities take place closed, except libraries.
  • Cinemas, theatres, playgrounds, gyms, sports and swimming pools closed.
  • Grass roots sport (breddeidrett) and leisure activities for adults banned.
  • Bars banned from serving alcohol. 
  • Restaurants can stay open but without serving alcohol.
  • Passengers and drivers in taxis must wear face masks.
  • Shops and malls must ensure the number of customers does not prevent two-metre social distancing being maintained.
  • Red' level at upper secondary schools and adult education, with reinforced infection control measures and smaller groups.
  • School grades 8-10 (ungdomsskole) also at the ‘red' level of restrictions used by health authorities for schools.

Here are some exceptions:

  • Libraries remain open.
  • Organised leisure activities for children can continue.
  • Elite sports can be carried out but with the spectators outside not inside.
  • Funerals and burials can be held.





The Local 2021/01/06 16:07

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