Norway ends most pandemic restrictions

Oslo-Norway has abolished almost all remaining COVID-19 lockdown measures because high levels of coronavirus infection are unlikely to endanger medical services, Prime Minister Jonas Garstre said Saturday. ..

The Nordic countries, which removed most of the curbs on February 1, will continue to maintain some restrictions on the Arctic Archipelago of the Svalbard Islands. The new rule took effect on Saturday from 10:00 CET (09:00 GMT).

“We have removed almost all coronavirus protection,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference on Saturday.

“The coronavirus pandemic is no longer a major health threat to most of us. The omicron virus does not cause much serious illness and is well protected by vaccines.”

Norwegians no longer need to be at least 1 meter (3 feet) away or wear a face mask in a crowded environment. The elimination of these measures means that nightclubs and other affected entertainment venues can resume full business.

In addition, infected individuals no longer need to quarantine themselves. Instead, we recommend staying at home for four days.

Travelers to Norway no longer need to register their arrival in advance. The government has also abolished the previous requirement to prove a negative test before departure for some visitors, such as those who have not been vaccinated.

Norway was partially blocked in December as a variant of the Omicron coronavirus spread.

Visitors to Svalbard, where medical services are restricted, should continue testing before and after arrival, but international charter flights to the archipelago remain suspended, the government said.



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