The Norwegian capital has dropped its local coronavirus rules for the home office, serving times and big events like concerts and festivals.
“Infection rates in Oslo continue to decline, and at the moment, there are only four patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19. This means it’s possible to remove some of the last local restrictions that are left in Oslo,” Raymond Johansen, Oslo’s executive mayor, said in a statement announcing the changes last Thursday.
Alcohol can now be served past midnight, although venues can’t let any new guests in past midnight.
The rules for big events will also mirror national rules. Up to 5,000 spectators can attend events such as concerts and football matches using Norway’s Covid-19 certificate from today.
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In addition to this, the local requirement to work from home will be lifted and replaced with the government recommendation that workers slowly start migrating back to the office.
“The use of a home office has been absolutely critical to reduce mobility and reduce contact. When levels of infection are as low as they are now, it is no longer right to require a home office,” Johansen said.
Infection control measures such as social distancing of 1 metre will still be in place in workplaces.
The local rules to use face masks on public transport and taxis, to avoid using public transport, and special rules for construction sites will continue.
Last week, a total of 124 coronavirus infections were registered in the capital and there have been 224 Covid cases recorded over the past week.
More than 37,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Oslo since March last year.