The government is introducing several national measures to delay the spread of the omicron variant. It is advisable, among other things, to maintain a distance and avoid handshakes and pressure.
– Both the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Health stress that it is essential to implement measures quickly to delay the spread of the omicron variant. It will give us time to gain more knowledge about the virus. Therefore, the government is making three national recommendations today, says Health and Welfare Services Minister Engfield Kjerkul.
The government is closely monitoring the situation. We cannot rule out tougher action at a later date, if there is a need, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.
– We are asking adults to keep a distance between themselves and each other, preferably one meter if possible, and to avoid pressure and handshakes, Minister of Health Kjerkul said at the government press conference on Thursday afternoon.
The government also recommends workplaces to facilitate home offices where possible, and when they do not go beyond important and necessary services.
Contact limit measures are:
- Keep a distance from others, preferably 1 meter where possible. Avoid (new) age and handshake.
- Recommend that workplaces where the home office is possible without affecting important and necessary services, and ensure that employees work from home all or part of the week, eg for the company as a whole it is up to 50 percent (new)
- We ask adults to consider whether it is possible to reduce the number of fairly close contacts (new).
- It is a national recommendation for the use of face masks when contacting the Health and Care Service.
- There is a national recommendation for the use of face masks on public transport, in taxis, and in stores and malls where distance cannot be maintained. It is also advisable to wear a face mask where there are a lot of people and it is difficult for you to keep your distance, for example when you intend to pick up your jacket after an event at the same time with many other people or on your way. outside the football field.
Test requirements after travel
For persons who are or will be traveling, the following applies:
The government is introducing stricter testing requirements at the border. From midnight, everyone who comes to Norway must test themselves within 24 hours.
It is the duty of every person who comes to Norway, from night to Friday, to test himself within 24 hours of his arrival in the country. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, Health and Welfare Services Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said at a press conference Thursday.
Passengers can test themselves at a test station at border crossings or at a public test station or self-test.
If the test result is positive, the traveler must complete the PCR test as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours.
The regulation enters into force on December 2, at 24.00. Lifting will be reviewed after two weeks.
Regional measures in and around Oslo
The government is introducing regional measures in Oslo and several municipalities in Viken and Innlandet to delay and limit the spread of the new omikron virus.
Our goal is to keep the epidemic under control. We must protect the capacity of health services in municipalities that may now be affected by outbreaks of the omicron variant, says Store.
These are the procedures that are introduced in the Oslo region and some municipalities in the interior (south of the former Hedmark County):
- It is mandatory to use face masks as it is not possible to keep a distance of at least one meter in shops, malls, restaurants, public transport, indoor station areas and taxis. The obligation to wear a face mask does not apply to children under 12 years of age, or those who cannot wear face masks for medical or other reasons. It is also advisable to wear a face mask where there are a lot of people and it is difficult for you to keep your distance, for example when you are going to pick up your jacket after an event at the same time as many other people or when you are at your place. way out of the football field.
- Ordering that workplaces where home offices are possible without compromising important and necessary services, must ensure that employees work from home for all or part of the week. This can be done, for example, so that employees work from home half the time.
- Restrictions on the number of private indoor events for up to 100 people in a public place or in rented/borrowed spaces.
- The duty of restaurants and organizers to register guests to notify guests in the event of exposure to infection.
- Liquor table service requirements for restaurants and events that have a license to serve alcohol
- Requirement that all guests have seats in restaurants that hold a liquor license
- The number of indoor events without fixed assigned seats is up to 600 (in groups of 200).
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