“Normal daily life with increased alertness”. On July 5, it became clear that this is the name of the stage after stage 4 of the government’s plan to reopen, after reviewing the long-term management of the Corona epidemic.
Exactly when we enter this stage, we don’t know. Last Friday, the Minister of Health and Welfare Services Bint Hui (H) revealed this “It might be a little while before we’re there.” – But it does not indicate a specific date.
However, he asked municipalities to be prepared already from Friday, and warned that the message of reopening could come at short notice. In addition, the government held a press conference on Friday afternoon, where they are expected to announce the reopening of society.
What is really about increased readiness, and what will new everyday life be like?
When we return to normal everyday life, most national bases are gone, Høie announced on September 17.
The government is currently working to embody the advice for the new daily life. However, some things are known.
The government describes the new phase as a transition from a “control strategy” to an “emergency strategy”. In practice, this means, among other things, the following:
- Scale becomes a thing of the past.
- Restrictions on events and gatherings disappear.
- Acceptance has stopped and table setting requirements in restaurants are disappearing.
- The rule that prevents foreigners from entering Norway has been removed – except for third-country nationals who do not have low infection (the so-called purple countries). The rules for testing and quarantine on entry will still apply, but there will be some relief in these rules. The government warns that they will revert to what this would look like in practice.
- A reduced testing regimen – the so-called “TISK downgrade” – will be implemented on September 27.
- The traffic light model is still the basis of infection control in schools and kindergartens.
It’s common Not You do not have to self-isolate if you have contracted covid-19. This will remain a requirement. It is recommended to maintain a pelvis and to stay home if you are sick.
After the press conference last Friday, Høie told Dagbladet that residents will first and foremost notice changes in procedures locally. He pointed out that many countries are still the most affected by the epidemic.
– You should think about when to go out and travel, but if you are fully vaccinated and will travel to Europe, it is very simple today. One must realize that one can come to countries that still have stricter rules locally than one would like in Norway. We want to maintain a number of entry rules for those who come into the country, including quarantine and testing, to reduce the risk of infection when importing, Høie said.
– Fewer rules
Assistant Director of Health Espen Rostrop Nakstad at the Norwegian Directorate of Health told Dagbladet that staying home when you are sick with the respiratory virus will be the most important measure this winter.
– Whether it is in the form of a council or a list. Plus, we rely on people to take care of each other and test the symptoms for themselves, he says.
In what ways will we notice that it is a pandemic?
There will likely be fewer rules, but there are still some infection control tips to comply with as long as we have a pandemic in the world. Nakstad answers: We will observe the epidemic in that people who are not immunized will continue to be infected, and as the virus continues to change in the world.
– Big change
Managing Director Line Vold at FHI votes on:
– For most people, first of all, everything previously affected by restrictions – when it comes to events, cultural life, restaurants and nightlife – is normalized. For those who work in these sectors or often use such offerings, it would be a big change, she tells Dagbladet.
She explained that downwardly revised TISK would also mean less time in quarantine – which is being partially replaced by testing.
There will be less quarantine, an important step for a more normal daily life, not least for children. Parts of the reduced TISK have already been introduced in a large number of municipalities.
– With this in effect, is it free to dance close together, take each other’s hands, stand near the coffee line and embrace strangers?
We still encourage everyone to follow general infection control advice, such as staying home if we get sick and having good hand hygiene, to avoid infecting others. But the specific restrictions on distance and restrictions on numbers depend
Fuld explains that municipalities can still introduce measures if they consider there is a need – for example in the event of an outbreak.
– But we believe that it will be easier in the future to control the infection with less invasive procedures due to the high vaccination coverage.
Do you think we are ready to go back to normal every day with increased preparedness?
– Yes, we imagine that it is possible soon. We are in a positive development. The incidence and hospitalization rates and vaccination coverage both mean that we consider ourselves to be in a good position overall.
Changes on Monday
The revised TISK, which takes effect on Monday, means fewer people will have to quarantine and municipalities will be less involved in infection tracing.
Commitment to quarantine for infection will only apply to unvaccinated persons who are in the same household or similarly close. Other close contacts are exempted from the obligation to quarantine for infection, but are encouraged to test and limit social contact until they are tested negative.
The government proposes that the downgrade of TISK be continued for a transitional period of approximately four weeks when it becomes gradually relevant to the transition to normal daily life with increased preparedness.
In this system, municipalities are expected to be prepared for the following:
- Vaccinate the population with a third dose if necessary.
- 200,000 people were vaccinated per week.
- Distribute rapid tests to ten percent of the population weekly.
- Test one percent of the population weekly.
- Carrying capacity increased to five percent of the population in five days.
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