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Norway gov to allow 600-capacity outdoor shows

The maximum number of participants in public gatherings will be increased from 200 to 600 when restrictions are eased in mid-October

By IQ on 01 Oct 2020

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg


image © Wikimedia Commons/Kjetil Ree

The Norweigan government will increase the capacity of outdoor events from 200 to 600 people from 12 October when the national corona restrictions are relaxed.

Prime minister Erna Solberg announced at a press conference yesterday (30 September) that it will be permitted for up to 600 people to attend an outdoor event at the same time, provided they are divided into groups of up to 200 people.

For seated events, one seat between each person is required, however, people in the same household are allowed to sit together.

The capacity for indoor events remains at 200 people maximum but the government has committed to reviewing the possibility of increasing it to 600 when the infection rate allows.

“Now, we can better target the measures so that the burden on the individual and on society is as small as possible”

“We are now in a different situation than when we closed down in March. The municipalities have upgraded their preparedness, and we have more knowledge about the corona pandemic,” says prime minister Solberg.

“This means that we can better target the measures so that the burden on the individual and on society is as small as possible. We can therefore open up for some relief nationally.”

Minister of culture and gender equality Abid Q. Raja says: “I am glad that we can go from two to one available seat between us in places with fixed seats – it is important for many. We will also, as soon as the infection situation dictates, make a new assessment of the possibility of opening indoor events with up to 600 people present.”

In areas that have been affected by local outbreaks, such as the capital city Oslo, Arendal and Øygarden, the local rules will take precedence over national ones.

The ban on serving alcohol after midnight, which has been in place since 8 August, will be lifted when the restrictions ease.

 


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