How do recommendations vary across Norway’s Covid-19 ‘letter’ scale?

How do recommendations vary across Norway’s Covid-19 'letter' scale?
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Rings and letters dictate which coronavirus measures and recommendations apply in Norway’s municipalities. Here’s a breakdown of recommendations.

‘Rings’ are used for geographic designation of municipalities affected by larger outbreaks of regular Covid-19 or its mutated strains, according to the government.

  • Ring 1: Municipalities directly affected by outbreaks or with close ties to municipalities directly affected.
  • Ring 2: Municipalities surrounding Ring 1 municipalities.

Letters indicate the different levels of measures and recommendations.

  • A: Very high level
  • B: High level
  • C: Quite high level
  • D: Slightly high level

Different restrictions (covered in a separate article) apply depending on letter. But the letters also entail slightly different recommendations.

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Recommendations in level ‘A’ and ‘B’ municipalities:

  • Avoid having guests over in your home. Some exceptions apply for very old and ill people, children and people who live alone.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. Travelling to your place of work may be necessary, but working from home is mandatory for everyone who can.
  • Only travel to your cabin with members of your own household. Do not receive guests. Go grocery shopping in the municipality where you live. Avoid public places and close proximity with people in the municipality where your cottage is.
  • People who are at risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19, should try to minimise their chances of infection.

Recommendations in level ‘C’ and ‘D’ municipalities:

  • National recommendations apply for receiving guests in the home. This entails minimising social contact and do not receive more than five guests. Exceptions apply for children.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. Travelling to your place of work may be necessary, but working from home is mandatory for everyone who can.
  • Only travel to your cabin with members of your own household. Do not receive guests. Go grocery shopping in the municipality where you live. Avoid public places and close proximity with people in the municipality where your cottage is.
  • People who are at risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19, should try to minimise their chances of infection.

At the time of writing, the following municipalities are affected by the letter scale:

A: Bergen, Kvam and Ulvik.

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

C: Halden, Oslo and Sarpsborg.

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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