2021-09-25 19:49:41 Norway Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions After 561 Days

Norway Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions After 561 Days

Norway lifted social distancing rules, business capacity limits, and other pandemic-era restrictions that had been in place for more than a year on Saturday.

“It has been 561 days since we implemented the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime,” said Erna Solberg, the country’s prime minister, at a news conference on Friday. “It is now time to return to normal daily life.”

Over the last two weeks, the number of new daily cases in Norway has dropped by half. According to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford, 67% of the population is fully vaccinated, with another 10% having received a first dose.

The modifications also allow for full capacity at sports and cultural venues, as well as the reopening of nightclubs. In addition, the government announced on Friday that it would withdraw its global advisory against non-essential travel abroad at the end of the month.

“We will now return to assessing countries on an individual basis to determine the need for travel advice,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement on Friday. “These assessments will include concerns about the pandemic, the health situation, and the security situation in the country in question.”

Some countries will continue to face entry restrictions, which the government said would be announced by next Friday.

Norway is the latest European country to lift pandemic-era restrictions. In Sweden, the government confirmed this week that it would carry out the final stage of its reopening plan for the fully vaccinated, who account for 63 percent of the population.

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Norway Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions After 561 Days