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In a press conference today, the Norwegian government issued new covid-19 measures that will be in effect, initially, from 04.01.2021 to 18.01.2021.These measures are introduced in an effort to reduce the currently estimated virus replication rate of 1.3 in a period following increased mobility and social contact due to the Christmas holidays. The government urges all citizens to give their best efforts in reducing mobility and contacts as we face the strongest measures since April 2020.

The following measures will be in effect, initially, from 04.01.2021 to 18.01.2021:

  • Do not receive visitors at home and do not visit others. This does not apply to close friends and relatives of those in the last phase of life. Those who live alone may receive one or two persons as regular visitors or alternatively visit one household regularly. Children may visit other children from their cohort from kindergarten or school.
  • It is prohibited for pubs or restaurants to serve alcohol, but these establishments may remain open.
  • Maximum five persons can meet at private events outside of the home, for example at birthday parties at rented venues.
  • Maximum ten persons can meet at public events indoors. However, up to 200 persons can meet if all are seated in fixed seats. At funerals, up to 50 people may attend, even if the seats are not fixed.
  • All teaching and planned events at universities, university colleges and vocational colleges (universiteter, høgskoler og fagskoler) will be digital up to 18.01.2021.
  • All middle- and secondary schools (ungdomsskoler og videregående skoler), will be organised at red preparedness level.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel within and outside of Norway. You may travel to your cabin together with the people in your household.
  • All who can work from home, should do this.
  • Shopping centres and shops should have entrance control and limit how many people that may be in the shop at the same time. This is to ensure that the distance can be maintained.
  • All organised leisure activities, sports activities, cultural events, and religious events are postponed until after the 18th of January. This does not apply to funerals.
  • Outdoors activities may take place if one-meter distance can be upheld.
  • Professional sports are exempt from the measures on special grounds.

Special measures for regions with high infection rates:

  • Consider if kindergartens and primary schools shall follow the guidelines for red preparedness level.
  • Consider if face masks should be mandatory in public places where it is not possible to maintain one-meter distance.
  • Consider if home office should be mandatory for those who can.
  • Consider order to close gyms, bingo halls and swimming pools.