If you are hosting an event at a public venue, you need to make sure the rules for infection control are followed. The responsible organiser can be prosecuted if an event at a public venue are not in compliance with the given regulations.
Requirements for events with up to 200 persons
- The premises or outdoors area for the public event must be large enough to host the expected number of participants.
- A distance of at least one metre should be kept between guests. This does not apply to those who are part of the same household or close circle of contacts.
- Only people who are healthy should be present.
- Not more than 200 persons should be gathered.
- A responsible organizer must be appointed.
- Keep an overview of who is present by writing down their names and contact details to allow for contact tracing.
- Make it easy for the participants [MT1] to wash their hands, both when they arrive and during the event.
- Employees or contractors responsible for the public event are not counted as part of the event.
- Table service is required at events with a licence to serve alcohol.
- Served alcohol is to be consumed by 00:30 am.
What is considered an event?
An event refers to a private event such as a confirmation, christening, wedding, birthday party and funeral, as well as a concert, seminar, trade fair, religious meeting and temporary market etc.
A flea market to raise money for a voluntary organization is not covered by the ban on events with more than 200 persons. The general advice on maintaining a distance of at least one metre between persons who are not part of the same household and keeping good hand hygiene still apply to flee markets.
What is considered a public place?
A public place refers to a place intended for public access or a place that the public frequent. The same applies to events in premises or outdoor areas that you can rent or borrow, including hotels, community centres, conference rooms and halls.
The responsible organiser should keep an overview of who is present, pass information on infection control on to those invited and make sure the rules are followed. The responsible organiser can either be you as the lessee (the person renting the premises) or the lessor (the owner/landlord renting out the premises). This should be agreed upon in advance, prior to hosting the event. If you rent a venue without a clear agreement with the lessor as to who is the responsible organiser, you yourself as the lessee will typically be held accountable.
At a private event, such as a confirmation at a smaller local venue, it will be natural for the person renting the venue (lessee) to be the responsible organiser. If you are hosting a wedding celebration at a hotel or similar venue it might be more natural for the owner of the entity (lessor) to be the responsible organiser.
Further information on public events
The Government provides answers to several questions related to events and the closing of some businesses. You can read these questions and answers at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).
Read more about the recommendations for public events at the Norwegian Directorate of Health (in Norwegian).