An update to Norway’s national coronavirus restrictions, primarily affecting schoolgoers and young people, comes into effect on Tuesday.
That comes as national restrictions in general remain in place until the end of this month, as confirmed by the government on Friday following recommendations from the Directorate of Health and Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).
“We see that the national restrictions have had an effect while more people are becoming protected by the vaccine. It is going in the right direction. But the situation with infections is still unstable. We will therefore continue the majority of national restrictions,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Friday.
“I am very happy that we can now open up for students to be physically present at classes at universities, folk high schools and technical colleges. I hope these changes make student life a bit brighter for many,” education minister Guri Melby said.
The following changes to national restrictions apply from Tuesday, February 23rd:
- Students may be allowed to physically attend classes at universities, folk high schools and technical colleges, with stricter anti-infection measures in place
- The government may allow sports events and competitions for children and young people up to the age of 20 from different municipalities. Up to 50 participants may be allowed for indoor events; 200 outside. Contact sports such as football or handball still require participants to be from the same municipality.
- The requirement for permanent seating is replace be a requirement for designated seating. That means spectators may be allowed to sit on benches or stools, provided they keep to the same seating place.
- Up to 100 people may attend indoor events. This is a tightening of current rules for venues such as theatres, which are currently allowed crowds of 200, but allows other venues like concert halls to now reopen according to NRK.
- Under current rules, licensed business may sell alcohol to customers who are served food until midnight, after which alcohol sales are banned. That time will now be brought forward to 10pm.
- Events will be allowed to serve alcohol under the same rules as businesses.