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IN DETAIL: The Covid-19 restrictions at each level of Norway’s 'letter' scale

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IN DETAIL: The Covid-19 restrictions at each level of Norway’s 'letter' scale
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Norway has introduced a new tiered system for heightened local Covid-19 restrictions using letters to denote each level.

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The pre-existing system of ‘rings’ of restrictions in and around outbreak areas is now only a geographical designation which will be used alongside the lettered measures, the government announced this week.

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“There are four levels of measures which can be taken into effect. These are: A (very high); B (high); C (quite high); D (slightly high),” the government said in a statement.

The system has been criticised and called a “number and alphabet soup” by the opposition Labour party. Health minister Bent Høie has said that measures have been shown by surveys to be generally well understood.

Here is a guide to the restrictions which will be used at each of the four levels. Recommendations – for example in relation to guests in private homes, travel and use of face masks (when not mandatory) – are covered in a separate article.

Level A: Very high

Childcare, schools, higher education:

  • Schools and childcare facilities at ‘red' coronavirus alert level, meaning measures including reinforced infection control measures and smaller groups.
  • Upper secondary education closed with classes moved online.
  • Universities and other adult education, including folk high schools, postpone classes or move them online.

Events:

  • All public events banned, regardless of whether they take place inside or outside. Funerals and burials are exempted.
  • Up to five people, in addition to production staff, may gather in order to produce digital events.

Sports and leisure:

  • Sports and leisure activities may not be organised for children or adults.

Work:

  • Working from home mandatory wherever possible. Employers are obliged to facilitate this.

Shops:

  • All stores must close with the following exceptions: shops primarily selling food (including convenience stores); supply stores for pets; pharmacies, optometrists, Vinmonopolet stores; hair salons, skincare and tattoo parlours; physiotherapists, chiropractors, chiropodists; petrol stations; and supply stores for agriculture, construction and home renovation, etc.
  • Shops and stores are allowed to open for collection of pre-ordered goods once a safe system for collection is in place.

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Restaurants, cafes and bars:

  • All business which serve food closed but may operate takeaway service.
  • Ban on serving alcohol applies.

Other businesses which must close:

  • Gyms, amusement parks, bingo halls, bowling alleys, museums, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, swimming pools, spa facilities, libraries, all other indoor cultural leisure or entertainment centres.

Face masks:

  • Generally required in all public places, including public transport and taxis, when it is not possible to maintain a 1-metre distance.
  • This does not apply to children under 12.

Level B: High

Childcare, schools, higher education:

  • ‘Yellow’ level at schools and kindergartens in line with the national traffic light model.
  • Upper secondary education at ‘red' coronavirus alert level.
  • Universities and other adult education, including folk high schools, postpone classes or move them online.

Events:

  • National restrictions apply.

Sports and leisure:

  • Organised sports and leisure activities allowed for children and young people under 20, but not for adults. The same applies to cultural activities.
  • Swimming pools and similar may open for this purpose as well as for use by professional athletes and for rehabilitation and similar treatments.

Work:

  • Working from home mandatory wherever possible. Employers are obliged to facilitate this.

Shops:

  • Free-standing stores may open except for stores in shopping centres and malls, with the following exceptions:
  • Shops primarily selling food (including convenience stores); supply stores for pets; pharmacies, optometrists, Vinmonopolet stores; hair salons, skincare and tattoo parlours; physiotherapists, chiropractors, chiropodists; petrol stations; and supply stores for agriculture, construction and home renovation, etc.
  • Shops and stores are allowed to open for collection of pre-ordered goods once a safe system for collection is in place.

Restaurants, cafes and bars:

  • Business which serve food may open if they are not part of a shopping mall.
  • Ban on serving alcohol applies.

Other businesses which must close:

  • Gyms, amusement parks, bingo halls, bowling alleys, museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
  • Swimming pools, spa facilities, libraries, all other indoor cultural leisure or entertainment centres if not encompassed by exceptions (see above).

Face masks:

  • Generally required in all public places, including public transport and taxis, when it is not possible to maintain a 1-metre distance.
  • This does not apply to children under 12.

Level C: Quite high 

Childcare, schools, higher education:

  • ‘Yellow’ level at schools and kindergartens in line with the national traffic light model. Local authorities may introduce ‘red' coronavirus alert level based on assessment locally.
  • Universities and other adult education may open if classes or training required for students to complete programmes cannot be conducted online.
  • Other classes at universities and other adult education, including under integration laws, are closed. University and adult education classes to move online.

Events:

  • All public events banned, regardless of whether they take place inside or outside. Funerals and burials are exempted.
  • Up to five people, in addition to production staff, may gather in order to produce digital events.

Sports and leisure:

  • Organised sports and leisure activities allowed for children and young people under 20, but not for adults.
  • Exemption for elite athletes.
  • Swimming pools and similar may open for this purpose as well as for use by professional athletes and for rehabilitation and similar treatments.
  • Cultural, leisure and sports facilities may open for children and young people under 20, and for outdoors activities for adults.
  • Libraries may open.

Work:

  • Working from home mandatory wherever possible. Employers are obliged to facilitate this.

Shops:

  • As Level ‘B’.

Restaurants, cafes and bars:

  • As Level ‘B’.

Other businesses which must close:

  • Gyms, amusement parks, bingo halls, bowling alleys, museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
  • Swimming pools, spa facilities, all other indoor cultural leisure or entertainment centres if not encompassed by exceptions (see above).

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Face masks:

  • Generally required in all public places, including public transport and taxis, when it is not possible to maintain a 1-metre distance.
  • This does not apply to children under 12.

Level D: Slightly high

Childcare, schools, higher education:

As Level ‘C’, i.e.:

  • ‘Yellow’ level at schools and kindergartens in line with the national traffic light model. Local authorities may introduce ‘red' coronavirus alert level based on assessment locally.
  • Universities and other adult education may open if classes or training required for students to complete programmes cannot be conducted online.
  • Other classes at universities and other adult education, including under integration laws, are closed. University and adult education classes to move online.

Sports and leisure:

  • Organised sports and leisure activities allowed for children and adults.
  • Gyms may open for use of residents in municipality.
  • Swimming pools and similar may open for swimming lessons, training for children and people under 20, as well as for use by professional athletes and for rehabilitation and similar treatments.
  • Libraries may open.
  • Cultural, leisure and sports facilities may open for children and young people under 20, and for outdoors activities for adults.

Work:

  • Working from home mandatory wherever possible. Employers are obliged to facilitate this.

Shops:

  • As Level ‘B’ and ‘C’.

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Restaurants, cafes and bars:

  • Business which serve food may open.
  • Ban on serving alcohol applies.

Other businesses which must close:

  • Gyms, amusement parks, bingo halls, bowling alleys, museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
  • Swimming pools, spa facilities, all other indoor cultural leisure or entertainment centres if not encompassed by exceptions (see above)

Face masks:

  • Generally required in all public places, including public transport and taxis, when it is not possible to maintain a 1-metre distance.
  • This does not apply to children under 12.

Source: Regjeringen

The municipalities under stricter localised measures at the time of writing are:

Level A

Bergen, Kvam and Ulvik.

Level B

Alver, Askøy, Bjørnafjorden, Eidfjord, Osterøy, Samnanger, Ullensvang, Vaksdal, Voss and Øygarden.

Level C

Halden, Oslo and Sarpsborg.

Level D

Asker, Bærum, Fredrikstad, Hvaler, Indre Østfold, Lillestrøm, Lunner, Lørenskog, Moss, Nittedal, Nordre Follo, Rakkestad, Rælingen, Råde, Skiptvet, Våler and Ås.

 

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