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The current situation in Norway regarding the coronavirus

On 7 May, the Norwegian Government presented a plan on how to gradually reopen the society and ease the heavy restrictions put in place to counter the coronavirus. The expectation is that by 15 June, practically all businesses and services will be open again.

By: Norec Staff

Published: 14.05.20

 

As of 14 May, 8175 persons have been reported infected by the coronavirus, and 232 have died. According to Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the spread of the coronavirus is now under control in Norway. The goal is to open as much as possible before the summer.

 

The official strategy is to control the coronavirus by limiting the spread of infection. This will happen through increased testing, and by contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. You can read more about the Government’s plan here.

 

Social distancing and hygiene measures continue

The population is still requested to maintain a 1-meter distance to anyone outside their own household. Most businesses and services are now open, however, those who can do so are still encouraged to work from home.

 

Large groups of people are not allowed. The maximum group size is 50 persons in a public place, and only with a 1-meter distance between.

 

Kindergartens opened 20 April, followed by the youngest pupils returning to school the week after. This week, all schools were asked to open. The opening of schools and kindergartens happens with strict hygiene measures in place, and for many pupils this means a combination of classroom and learning from home.

 

There are also restrictions on public transport. The capacity of public transport has been reduced to ensure more space between the passengers, and many routes have also reduced their frequency.

 

Restrictions on international travels

Norway has temporarily closed the borders for most travellers without a permanent residence. The authorities have also issued an official travel advice for citizens to avoid all travels abroad.

 

There is now a mandatory quarantine of 10 days for anyone entering the country. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus also has to follow quarantine rules.

 

Keep up to date on the latest developments

Right now, things are slowly returning to a sense of normality. Yet, the lifting of restriction is dependent on the situation remaining under control. Things may change rapidly and there is always the chance of new outbreaks of the coronavirus. All Norec partners and participants should keep up to date on the latest development.

 

 

You can read more about the current situation on the website of the Norwegian Government or the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

 

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