Norway’s government declared that all COVID-19-related limitations will be lifted on Saturday, September 25, joining a growing number of countries and states that have done so.
“It’s been 561 days since we put the toughest measures in place in Norway during peacetime… Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a press conference on Friday that “the moment has come to return to a normal daily life.”
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According to local media, the virus can now be classified as one of several respiratory infections with seasonal variations, according to Geir Bukholm, assistant director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. COVID-19 has been categorized as a generally serious disease in Norway, although the official classification is unclear.
“We are now in a new phase when we must look at the coronavirus as one of numerous seasonal respiratory diseases,” Bukholm said, alluding to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
“This is due to the fact that the vast majority of individuals who are at risk are protected,” Bukholm added, referring to the country’s immunization effort.
According to the prime minister’s office, Norway will no longer force enterprises to employ social distancing measures, and it will also allow sports and cultural institutions, as well as restaurants, to operate at maximum capacity. The new guidelines also allow nightclubs to reopen.
“We’ve lived with rigorous border controls for a long time. This has proven critical in the fight against imported illnesses. As we return to normalcy, the government proposes gradually easing the limitations on admission into the nation. According to a translation, Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mland said in a statement on the government’s website, “This will take place under close observation.”
Some countries, including European nations, so-called “purple list countries,” and the United Kingdom, will be able to travel freely in the country.
Solberg had completed the first three parts of a four-step plan to lift social and economic limitations that had been in place since March of last year, but the last step had been repeatedly postponed due to concerns about infection rates.
“To put it another way, we can now live our lives normally,” Solberg added.
However, the prime minister emphasized that anyone who develop COVID-19 must remain in isolation to prevent the virus from spreading. Those travelling from countries with a high risk of illnesses would still face some restrictions, according to the authorities.
Sweden, which is close by, declared earlier this month that it will lift most of its COVID-19 limitations.
The Swedish government announced on September 7 that prohibitions on public facilities such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums would be lifted on September 29.
According to the government, “the proposal indicates that any participation limitations that may be required for public gatherings and public events with 15,000 or more participants should not apply if the vaccination certificate system is used.”
“This means that if there are constraints, the organizer is not required to limit the number of participants in the premises and defined areas or places that it has at its disposal.”
Approximately 67 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the Norwegian Institute for Public Health.
This article was written with the help of Reuters.