How many can be present at events and other gatherings will depend on whether the event is held on private property or public places. Events in public places require a responsible organizer.
Up to 20 persons can be gathered for a private event, provided a distance of at least one metre between guests who are not part of the same household. Each person counts as one, even if you are a part of the same family. Do not invite more people than you have room for and make it easy for your guests to keep a distance. See more detailed information and recommendations for kids birthday parties.
It can be easier to keep a distance outdoors rather than indoors.
For events in public places up to 200 people can be gathered, provided that a responsible organiser can be held accountable. Employees or contractors responsible for the public event are not counted as part of the event. It must be feasible for all participants to keep a minimum distance of one metre to those they do not live with in the same household. The organiser is responsible for making sure there is enough space for all participants to keep a distance of at least one metre and to keep an overview of who is present. The same applies to events in premises that you can rent, including in hotels, community centers, conference rooms and halls.
What is considered as an event and a public place?
An event refers to a concert, seminar, trade fair, temporary market, birthday party, wedding, funeral, religious meeting etc. A flea market to raise money for a voluntary organization is not included.
A public place refers to a place intended for public access or a place that the public frequent.
The Government has provided 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).
Who is considered as the responsible organiser when a venue is rented?
The key aspect is to appoint a responsible organizer that the police and health authorities can relate to, and that will be able to handle the task. This can be the person renting (lessee) or the one person renting out (lessor).
At a private event, it will be natural that the person renting the venue is the responsible organiser, but arrangements can also be made for the lessor to handle parts of or the overall task. For practical reasons, it will probably be best if the person renting keeps an overview of who is present and passes information on infection control on to those invited.
When renting a restaurant or conference room where the restaurant or the hotel takes care of the practical side of the event, it might be more natural for the owner of the entity (lessor) to be responsible for meeting the requirements for infection control.
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 easily be held accountable.
Read more about the recommendations for public events at the Norwegian Directorate of Health (in Norwegian).
For further information, read the questions and answer on events from the government (in Norwegian).