The Norwegian government will partly reverse a ban on serving alcohol in bars and restaurants, one of several policy changes as it seeks to relax COVID-19 restrictions, the prime minister said on Thursday.
‘In easing measures now, we are prioritising children and adolescents, as well as jobs. Among other things, we are allowing more sports activities for children and adolescents. We recommend green level in upper secondary schools and adult education, and yellow level in kindergartens and primary schools. The municipalities may adapt the level of measures to the infection rate. We are also easing the quarantine rules, and are asking the municipalities to allocate resources to areas with the highest transmission rate,’ says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
The Norwegian Government is now making some changes to the TISK strategy (testing-isolation-tracing-quarantine). Transmission quarantine is being replaced with more self-testing, and people who receive a positive test result must notify their close contacts.
Alcohol may be served until 11 pm
The Norwegian Government banned the serving of alcohol throughout the country in mid-December, following the advice of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The agencies are now of the opinion that these measures can be eased.
‘We are now allowing alcohol to be served until 11 pm. Alcohol must be served at tables, as this reduces guest mobility and prevents transmission,’ says Minister of Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol.
Children will face fewer restrictions, making it easier to avoid homeschooling. Youth sports activities will also be allowed to resume, although adult sports will still be restricted, the government said.
Travel – arrival in Norway
All travellers must complete entry registration prior to arrival in Norway.
All travellers must get tested upon arrival in Norway.
Travellers who cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months must also get tested prior to departure for Norway.
Travellers who arrive from a country that triggers a duty to quarantine and who cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months must complete travel quarantine.