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Local Infection Prevention Measures in Bergen from 07.11.20

The following measures stipulated in a new local regulation apply until Desember 6. In: Romanian, Swahili, Somali, Polish, Tigrinja, Arabic, Lithuanian, Kinyarwanda and English.

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The strict measures that are now being introduced will make it possible to keep kindergartens and schools open in order to safeguard children and young people. The city council has chosen to maintain yellow levels for kindergartens and schools for the time being. This also applies to the city's lower secondary schools. Secondary schools are prepared for a change to red level in case that will be necessary.

The number of people permitted to gather

  • The number of people who can attend private gatherings has been reduced from 10 to 5 people, including those living in the household. Families with five or more members living together, and cohorts of children in kindergartens and primary schools are exempt. This provision does not apply to children who are members of more than one household. The following change applies from November 23: Families with four or more members, may still invite a maximum of two guests.
  • Events in public places must have permanent seating, and no more than 20 participants are allowed to attend. This applies to both private and public events in public places. At funerals, the number of participants may not exceed 50.

Reduced leisure activities

  • Grassroots sports and amateur cultural activities for adults over the age of 20 are prohibited.
  • Gyms, sports halls, swimming pools and premises for similar activities must remain closed. This provision does not apply to individual physiotherapy training. The provision for sports halls and swimming pools does not apply to organised training activities for children and young people or to instruction for children and young people under the age of 20. 
  • Training activities for children and young people under the age of 20 may be held, but events such as matches, cups, tournaments and the like are not permitted.
  • Bingo halls, museums etc. must remain closed.
  • Libraries are closed for activities and prolonged stays, but it will be possible to borrow and return materials.

Shopping in shops and shopping centres

Shops, shopping centres and the like must ensure that the number of people present on the premises makes it possible to maintain a distance of two meters between individuals. The number of customers permitted on the premises is calculated on the basis of the size of the premises. If necessary, security staff must be present to ensure compliance with this requirement.

Face mask requirements

  • The requirement to wear a surgical mask/face mask on public transport and indoors in public places (shops, shopping centres, etc.) when a distance of one metre between individuals cannot be maintained, remains in place. In addition, the use of face masks is now mandatory for both taxi drivers and their passengers. 
  • In licensed premises, restaurants, cafes, canteens and other places that serve food and drink, face masks must be worn when moving around inside the premises and the requirement of maintaining a one-metre distance to others cannot be met.

Earlier closing times for places that serve food and drink

Licensed premises, restaurants, cafés, canteens etc. that serve food and drink must close no later than 22:00 (10 PM), and no alcohol may be served after 21:30 (9:30 PM). This provision does not apply to takeaway places.

Working from home and schools

  • Working for home is mandatory for all those who are in a position to do so.
  • Visiting restrictions on municipal health institutions and institutions with which the municipality has contractual agreements, remain in force.
  • Digital teaching is mandatory at university colleges and universities.
  • Red level and home schooling applies for upper secondary schools.

This regulation applies from Saturday, November 7. The corona-related measures have been extended through December 6. The regulation also applies to other municipalities around Bergen.

Limit your contact with others

For the next few weeks, we must stay at home and limit our contact with others. Avoid public transport if at all possible, and avoid all unnecessary domestic travel. Work-related trips that are deemed necessary and trips to holiday properties that can be made without coming into contact with others are exempt.

  • All relatives of nursing home residents in Bergen municipality are urged to refrain from paying visits during the next 14 days. This recommendation does not apply to visits to people in their terminal stage.