Leisure activities are important for the physical and mental well-being of children and youth. The outbreak can last for a long time. It is therefore of great importance for children to be able to engage in leisure activities in a safe way in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Activities should primarily involve children from the same local community. It is wise to limit the number of leisure activities that involves participation in many different groups.
From June 1st 2020 the recommendations on keeping a physical distance of at least one metre is eased for children and youth 19 years of age or younger during organized sports activities. The exception to the one metre recommendation only applies to children and youth 19 years of age or younger during training. The exception applies both to indoors and outdoors training.
From June 15th, the recommendation on keeping a physical distance of at least one metre is eased for children and youth under the age of 20 who are attending summer school, summer camp, end-of-term celebrations, school-like sports / culture / leisure activities, including those organizing the event.
The size recommendation for groups is maintained with a maximum of 20 persons. Several groups of a maximum of 20 persons can be gathered, if the groups are kept separate and the advice for infection control can be followed both at an individual and at group level.
Sports teams/clubs/associations should, where possible, divide the participants into fixed groups preferably made up of individuals who also interact in other situations, such as the same local environment, school district etc.
Children and youth who participate in team sports or other sports activities that do not involve lasting/long-term close contact can perform the activity with the normal level of contact between participants provided the recommendations on group size and fixed groups (maximum 20 persons) are followed. This means that sports activities such as football and handball can be resumed for children and young people.
Training in sports that involve one-to-one contact between athletes, such as martial arts, wrestling, partner dance and similar activities can be resumed for children and youth provided the number of training partners is limited to a minimal number of fixed partners.
All changing rooms can now be used with a one metre distance between lockers. It is important to allow for a minimum of one metre distance between people in changing rooms and shower facilities, and that the toilet capacity is sufficient in terms of the number of people.
The measures are divided into levels of green, yellow and red level of measures (traffic light model). For further information, see guidelines for sports activities (in Norwegian).
The Government has decided that organised swimming, including swimming in school, can resume from June 1st, 2020 provided that the recommendations for infection control are followed. Read more about the guidelines for organised swimming at FHI.
Children and youth should arrive just at the scheduled starting time and leave straight after the activity. This is to avoid gathering of larger groups. Everyone is encouraged to limit the use of public transport as far as possible when travelling to and from the activity.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health provides advice for events and summer activities of longer duration for children and youth.