Norway is ending its restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions would be lifted tomorrow, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced today.
“It has been 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime. (…) Now the time has come to return to normal everyday life.”
Pandemic not over yet
Several measures had already been relaxed, and now the stand-off requirement is also being dropped. Restaurants can thus once again operate at full capacity, as can nightclubs, sports arenas and other venues. “In short, we can now live normally again,” Solberg said.
At the same time, she stressed that the pandemic is not over. “People will still get sick, and that is why it is necessary for everyone to get vaccinated.” Those who become infected still need to be in isolation to prevent the virus from spreading, she said.
76 percent have at least one vaccination
Norway’s move follows a growing number of countries that have already lifted their restrictions, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. Travel restrictions are also to be eased. In addition, the government no longer wants to warn against travel outside Europe.
However, some restrictions are to remain in place for people entering Norway from countries with high infection rates.
Sixty-seven percent of Norway’s population is fully vaccinated, according to the health department. About 76 percent have received at least one vaccine dose.
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