Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Monday with The Local’s short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
A barman pours drinks at Oslo's legendary bar Himkok. Photo: : VisitOSLO / Anders Husa

Norwegian Institute of Public Health calls for greater flexibility over summer vaccinations

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended that Norwegian municipalities and health regions show greater flexibility on who can be vaccinated when and where, as the programme moves from risk groups (those over the age of 65 or with health conditions) to other adults between the ages of 18 to 45 years old. 

In the statement, the institute argued that as Norway is now moving away from vaccinations required to prevent death to those designed to generate herd immunity, the authorities could afford to follow “a less strict prioritisation”, allowing, for instance, families to get vaccinated together, or for people to have one or more doses outside of their home region. 

Oslo to reopen fitness centres, restaurants, cinemas and theatres from Wednesday

Oslo mayor Raymond Johansen on Friday afternoon announced that the city planned to push ahead with stage two of its reopening plan, with fitness centres, cafes, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres all set to reopen on Wednesday. “This is absolutely necessary. Unemployment is at a high level. A lot has had to be closed for the last six months. This will get many back to work,” he said. 

The city is keeping its maximum limit for indoor gatherings of ten people, but the restriction is being altered so that those who have already been vaccinated do not count among the ten. The full press release is here. 

School leavers’ celebrations are breaking coronavirus guidelines, city warns

Norwegian students’ traditional wild “russefeiring” graduation celebrations have been getting out of hand in the city of Arendal, with the city government warning in a statement that partying students are gathering in groups bigger than the recommended 20 people, risking spreading infection. 

Norway can reduce restrictions despite rising infections: health director

Bjørn Guldvog, head of the Norwegian Directorate of Health has said that Norway’s government can push ahead with step two of its reopening plan, despite a spate of recent coronavirus outbreaks across the country. 

“Now we can tolerate higher infection, because almost everyone in the risk groups has been vaccinated. This means that the risk when someone becomes ill has been significantly reduced,” he said. “The more people who have been vaccinated in our society, the higher the probability that those who become infected will get a milder disease.”

There are currently 103 patients being treated for coronavirus in Norway’s hospitals, and there have been 2,764 new infections registered over the past week. 

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