Gradual resumption of public life

The Norwegian Government has planned for a controlled and stepwise reopening of society and prepared a plan for adjustments of the corona measures.

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It is crucial that we continue to follow the advice of the health authorities on social distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home when we are ill. In order to continue the reopening of society we need to take extra care to keep the situation under control.

The joint measures we have taken have shown good effect. On this basis, the Government has decided on a plan for a stepwise reopening of society as we move closer to summer. 

For a full overview of the measures imposed by the authorities during the spring of 2020 see the timeline at  regjeringen.no.

Here's a timeline for the gradual lifting of restrictions in many different languages.

We need to keep our distance and practice good hand hygiene

Businesses that reopen are to follow industry standards for infection control. Outside of these businesses it is important that we all continue to follow the basic advice for infection control, keep a good distance to others and wash our hands frequently.

When we are together, we should not be more than 20 persons in a group and keep a distance of at least one metre between us, more if and where possible. This does not apply to persons who live in the same household.

Timeline of the gradual resumption of public life

Together we have managed to get the transmission of the coronavirus under control. Thus the Government chooses to ease the comprehensive measures. The goal is to allow as many as possible of the activities and businesses that have been closed to reopen before the summer holidays, provided the situation and spread is still under control.

The following adjustments were made from June 15th:

  • Gyms, water park and swimming pools can open to the general audience, provided that sound measures for infection control are followed. See guidelines at Helsedirektoratet.no (in Norwegian).
  • An exception from travel quarantine upon return to Norway is made for visits to areas in the Nordic region with a low level of infection.
  • Up to 200 people can be gathered for events in public places. An exception to the rule on keeping a distance of at least one metre applies to:
    • players and support staff during top level football league matches (football series) that the Norwegian Football Federation considers to be able and prepared to follow the protocols for infection control developed by the federation in collaboration with the Norwegian Directorate of Health
    • performing artists during a cultural event by a professional organiser and top athletes during a sports event
    • 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 following adjustmensts were made from June 1st:

  • Training can resume for children and youth up to 19 years of age during organized sports activities. The exception on keeping a physical distance of at least one metre applies both to indoors and outdoors training for children and youth in groups of a maximum of 20 persons, preferably fixed groups. For further details, read more about the guidelines for infection control for children and youth sports (helsedirektoratet.no) (in Norwegian).
  • Organised swimming can resume, including swimming in school, provided that the recommendations for infection control are followed. Read more about the guidelines for organised swimming at FHI
  • Service and catering businesses that do not serve food can open, if they are able to adhere to the required distance of minimum one metre. Regulations on seating and tables apply.
  • Amusement parks can open. 

Businesses and workplaces

Employers should ensure that employees can keep a distance of at least one metre during work. In areas where employees are dependent on public transport, employers are encouraged to facilitate working from home offices with remote virtual meetings as far as possible, and with physical meetings at work being kept to a minimum. This applies to the Oslo area and other urban areas in particular, where there is a certain pressure on public transport.

Guidelines have been prepared for working from home (in Norwegian) as an instrument to reduce the transmission of covid-19, including advice for adjustments of home offices and workplaces.

Businesses with one-to-one contact such as hairdressing, skin care, tattoo and piercing services can open if the rules on infection control are followed.

Industry standard guidelines for infection control in businesses with one-to-one contact (e.g. hairdressers and skin/body care) have been developed. The guidelines provide advice on how businesses can adequately safeguard infection control and prevent transmission of covid-19. The goal is to protect customers and employees and limit the transmission.

Businesses where health personnel such as dentist, physiotherapists, psychologists and others with one-to-one contact can meet their patients face-to-face, under the assumption that industry standards for infection control are met.

Industry standards for infection control in health related businesses with one-to-one contact (in Norwegian).

These guidelines also apply to personnel in the dental services, where additional guidelines for the dental health services have been developed (in Norwegian). 

Sports, culture and events

Children and youth sports 

  • From June 1st training can resume for children and youth up to 19 years of age during organized sports activities. The exception on keeping a physical distance of at least one metre applies both to indoors and outdoors training for children and youth in groups of a maximum of 20 persons. This applies to sports such as football, handball and other team sports.
  • 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.
  • The exception from the recommendation on keeping a one metre distance only applies during training and sports activities. For sports events such as shows, cups and matches the rule on keeping a one metre distance and a maximum of 200 persons still applies. The size limit was increased from 50 to 200 on June 15th. 
  • Read more about organised leisure activities for children and youth
  • From June 15th water park and swimming pools can reopen to the general audience. From June 1st organised swimming and swimming practice (in Norwegian) could resume provided that the recommendations for infection control are followed. Read more about the guidelines for organised swimming (NIPH).

Culture and sports 

  • Sports activities can be carried out when the distance and groups recommendations from the Norwegian Directorate of Health are followed.
  • Guidelines for sports activities (in Norwegian) have been published, with advice on how sports clubs and associations can provide infection control and prevent corona transmission. The sports clubs and associations are themselves responsible for ensuring that the various activities are carried out in line with the guidelines for infection control.
  • Organised sports activities can be carried out for up to 20 persons who can keep a physical distance of at least one metre.
  • Sports halls can reopen and the ban of the use of changing rooms in sports halls is lifted.
  • School bands, choirs, bands and orchestras can perform music rehearsals in line with Guidelines for infection control at rehearsal (in Norwegian).

Events 

  • Events in public places with up to 200 people are allowed from June 15th. Conditions are that a responsible organiser can be held accountable and that the participants can keep a minimum distance of one metre to those they do not live with in the same household. The same goes for events in venues and open-air arenas that are rented or borrowed, such as hotel facilities, community centers, conference rooms and halls.

  • Events can be held even if the requirement for keeping a one metre distance cannot be met for:

      • performing artists during a cultural event by a professional organiser and top athletes during a sports event
      • players and support staff during top level football league matches
      • 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.
  • Employees or contractors responsible for the public event are not counted as part of the event.
  • We can be up to 20 persons in a group at private events, as long as we keep a distance of at least one metre between us.

What is meant by events and public place

According to the Covid-19 regulations:

  • By events the following is implied: 
    • sports events including shows, cups and matches, but not organised sports activities in the form of training.
    • cultural events including concerts, exhibitions, opera, ballet, theatre and cinemas.
    • other events including seminars, birthday parties, weddings, funerals, religious gatherings etc.
  • Public place implies a place intended for public access or a place that the public frequent.

International travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. The advice applies until August 20th, 2020. The travel advice is intended to reduce the risk of Norwegian citizens being infected abroad and of infected persons coming to Norway

From June 15th onwards an exception to the 10 days travel quarantine rule upon arrival to Norway is made for visits to areas in the Nordic region (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland) with a low level of infection. For information on which areas this applies to, see the overview at NIPH

Within July 20th, exemptions from the travel advice for some nearby European countries will be considered. This will be assessed in consultation between the foreign, health and justice authorities.

Those who have had a confirmed (laboratory tested) covid-19 infection within the last six months are exempted from quarantine.

Visits to healthcare institutions

The Norwegian Directorate of Health has published recommendations for visits to health and care institutions during the covid-19 pandemic (in Norwegian). Here you can find further information, details and assessment criteria on how to carry out visits.

Visits to hospitals, nursing homes or other health institutions should be facilitated as far as possible. All visits should be assessed and arranged for in advance, and they must be registered.

The need of each individual person to receive visitors should be assessed relative to the risk of spreading the infection, the individual risk of a more severe progression of covid-19, the local infection situation and the capacity at the institution for welcoming visitors. All visits must be in line with the national recommendations for infection control.

The institution shall specifically facilitate visits when the patient, resident or next of kin is a child.

All visits should be registered in order to allow contact tracing by the health authorities should this be required.