Norway has removed most of the COVID-19 restrictions, but the mask rule has been retained!

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced on Tuesday a relaxation of the country's restrictions on Covid-19.

"Today we have finally reached the point where we can eliminate many of the anti-covid measures we have experienced this winter," Støre told a news conference. The high vaccination rate in Norway and the milder version of Omicron have allowed the country to reduce restrictions, the prime minister said. 

The change of rules will mean that bars and restaurants will be able to serve alcohol after 23:00. A rule requiring table service for the sale of alcohol is also removed.

The rule on the number of people who can gather in private homes is removed. Outdoor and indoor events will have no capacity limits.

Amusement parks and similar attractions may reopen, but with anti-covid provisions in place (such as regular cleaning and sanitation). Cinemas, theaters, churches and other public areas can now use their full capacity.

The national recommendation that schools and kindergartens operate in a yellow level, ie small class sizes and social distance, is removed, while universities and further education are advised that all students can be physically present again at courses without social distance.

The self-isolation period following a positive Covid-19 test will be reduced to four days, Støre also confirmed. Until now, the isolation period was six days for people without symptoms of the virus.

A requirement to work from home, where possible, will also be removed. Instead, employers will be asked to assess the situation and allow employees to work from home where possible, individually.

Travelers to Norway will no longer be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival in the country. Previously, all persons arriving in Norway had to take a Covid-19 test, regardless of vaccination status. The changes take effect almost immediately from 23:00 on Tuesday.

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