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What changes about life in Norway in June

From vaccine passports, the summer holidays and the return of concerts, and more, here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Norway during June.

What changes about life in Norway in June
One of Norway's many fjords. Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

Covid-19 certificates 

The full version of Norway’s vaccine passport will launch in the second half of June. 

The preliminary version is already available on helsenorge.no

The preliminary version of Norway’s Covid-19 certificate. Source: helsenorge.no

The full vaccine passport will show vaccination status, immunity to Covid-19 after contracting the virus, and test status. 

Norway’s Covid certificate will be used to allow travellers to skip quarantine hotels, go on domestic tours and cruises, attend test concerts (more on that later), and potentially ease travel restrictions. 

Norwegian PM Erna Solberg has previously said that vaccine passports would also help the country speed up its four-step reopening plan.

Test concerts 

One for the live music lovers, the Norwegian government will begin running test concerts with capacity for crowds of 3,000 in June. 

The government is trialing whether large events can go ahead with mass testing and vaccine passports in place. 

Up to five events are planned to take place in Oslo and Bergen. 

READ MORE: Norway to trial live concerts with mass Covid testing 

Concert goers will be tested before and after the event so the Norwegian Institute of Public Health can determine the risk of infection at big events.

The NIPH has said it will be using participants aged between 18-45 who haven’t had coronavirus or received a vaccine. 

Machetes banned 

The sale and possession of machetes will be illegal in Norway from June, in an effort to crackdown on gang violence.

“This is a move in the fight against gang crime and violence and sends a clear signal to those who do not want to comply with law and justice,” Justice Minister Monica Mæland said. 

The new law comes into place on June 1st and prohibits knives with a blade longer than 25 centimetres.

School holidays 

Sommerferie, or Norway’s school holidays, will begin when school ends on June 18th. 

The holidays will last for eight weeks until the middle of August. 

The Norwegian government will be running a scheme whereby children are encouraged to read books throughout the summer. 

Sommerles will aim to get 15,000 children on board this year. The campaign will see children collect prizes based on how many books they read this summer. 

Vaccine deliveries pick up the pace 

From the beginning of June, Norway will start receiving larger vaccine deliveries. 

The larger shipments will allow the country to vaccinate greater numbers of people and speed up its vaccination program. 

In recent weeks, the majority of inoculations have been given to people who have already received their first jab. 

Norway has vaccinated more than a million people so far.

READ MORE: Can I travel to Norway if I’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 

The larger deliveries mean Norway will be able to offer more first does and vaccinate more of its population. 

“Deliveries will pick up a lot from next week. Then vaccination will definitely pick up. We are in the last week with a fairly low supply and where most vaccines will be used as second doses,” Chief Physician Preben Aavitsland at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health told newspaper Aftenposten.

Norway will also begin redistributed vaccines to areas in eastern Norway that have had continuously high numbers of infections during the pandemic. 

More restrictions could be lifted in Oslo 

The Norwegian capital could move to step three of its five-step reopening plan.

Oslo’s Executive Mayor, Raymond Johansen, has said the city council would consider lifting more Coronavirus measures on June 10th     

Read More: Oslo reopens bars, restaurants and gyms  

It is not currently clear whether the city will move entirely to step three as it adopted a phased approach to stew-two with the two phases being introduced three weeks apart. 

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EXPLAINED: What Oslo’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions means for you

Most, but not all, of the Norwegian capital's local Covid restrictions have been lifted to fall in line with national coronavirus rules, with new limits on guests at home and new guidance on face masks. Here’s a rundown of what the latest restrictions mean for you.

EXPLAINED: What Oslo's easing of Covid-19 restrictions means for you
Oslo's skyline. Photo by Oscar Daniel Rangel on Unsplash

Covid-19 measures in Oslo have been relaxed, with the majority of local restrictions being replaced with the looser national rules.

The new rules are a mix of steps three and four of the city’s five-step reopening plan and were introduced after the lowest infection numbers since last autumn were recorded in Oslo last week. 

Last week, 239 coronavirus infections were registered in the Norwegian capital. 

“The gradual, controlled opening of Oslo has been a success. Many of the rules that the people of Oslo have been expected to live with are now being removed, and we will essentially live with the same corona rules as people elsewhere in Norway,” Oslo’s Executive Mayor Raymond Johansen said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Not all local restrictions have been lifted however, meaning there are a mix of local and national rules in place. 

Below we’ll take a look at how the measures will affect everyday life in Oslo. 

At home 

The significant change here is that the ban on having more than ten people gathered at home has been lifted completely. Instead, this will be replaced with the national recommendation not to have more than guests. 

So while it will not be recommended to have more than ten guests, it’s not an enforceable rule anymore. 

READ MORE: What happens if you get caught breaking the Covid-19 rules in Norway

Shopping 

The local rules for shopping malls and stores have been tweaked too. There will no longer be any rule that makes face masks mandatory in shops. In addition to this, the official social distancing measure has been halved, to one metre, and the limit on the number of people allowed in shops has been scrapped. 

However, it’s worth noting that some shops may wish to keep some infection control measures in place if they feel it helps keep staff and shoppers safe, so it may be worth bringing a mask along on your next trip to the shops just in case.

Face masks  

The rule on mandatory face masks in public has also been given the axe, with two exceptions. 

You will still need one if you are taking public transport or taking a taxi. 

Masks will no longer be needed in shops, gyms, museums and galleries, indoor swimming pools, spa facilities and hotel facilities such as pools and dining areas. 

Although, some places may still wish to continue with a mask policy, so always remember to have one handy to be sure. 

Hospitality 

At indoor public places, such as restaurants, 50 people are allowed in venues without fixed assigned seats and 200 people at events with set, assigned seats.

Outdoors, 200 people can gather in cohorts of three, meaning a potential venue of 600 for places with the space and capacity and where there is fixed designated seating.

Soon, when the government changes its rules for events, up to 5,000 people will be able to gather when there is a seating plan in place, provided venues aren’t operating above 50 percent capacity.  

Up to 20 people can book a table at a restaurant or bar when indoors and 30 people outdoors. 

Alcohol will now be able to be served until midnight rather than 10 pm, and this rule will stay in place until July 4th. The cut-off point will remain in place even if national rules change and allow alcohol to be served later. 

Sports, leisure and entertainment 

Bingo halls, bowling alleys, arcades, playgrounds can now reopen.

Oslo’s numbers cap on the people allowed in gyms, museums, galleries, and indoor pools has been lifted. 

Now, 20 people can work out, go for a swim, or take in some art indoors, and up to 30 can do so outdoors. 

Schools 

Restrictions for schools and kindergartens haven’t changed, however. 

This means that schools and kindergartens in Oslo will remain at yellow level. 

Yellow level means that full class sizes are allowed, but mixing between classes must be kept to a minimum. Yellow level also means increased cleaning and hygiene measures are also in place. 

You can read more about yellow level here

Adult education and university are at red level, which means digital learning where possible and minimal contact between students and teachers. 

You can read more on red level here

Work

People are still required to work from home where possible until July 4th. 

Executive mayor Johansen has previously said the home office would be one of the last pandemic measures to go, meaning it could be here for a while longer. 

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