Two weeks ago, both Norway and Oslo took significant steps towards a more open society. Now it looks like it could happen again. City councilor Raymond Johansen hopes to take a jiffy, while Minister of Health Bent Høie confirms that it is moving towards a new assessment.
– We will return to further reopening. But as the Prime Minister has said: June 17 is three weeks since step two was implemented, and around that time we will consider moving to step three, says Høie to Dagbladet and continues:
– It is the development that decides whether we can take the next step, and we do not want to have stricter advice and rules than what is necessary.
Among other things, the corona passport will be used domestically, for example for larger events, cruises or package tours, in step three of the national the reopening plan. Høie promises that the government will inform about this within the next week.
In addition, the government will open more for grassroots sports and cultural and leisure activities in stage three. The government will also abolish the time-limited drinking stop for restaurants, which means that nationally it may be open after midnight.
They will allow up to 50 people at private events, as well as allow more people at public events. They will also consider winding up the Global Travel Council, where all travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries is discouraged.
In the coming days, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health will assess the overall situation in Norway, and then advise the government on whether step three should be implemented. Both health director Bjørn Guldvog and NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg are optimistic.
– We are doing well. Now the development after the implementation of step two has also been favorable, so we are now working on preparing advice to the government related to step three, which the Minister of Health has said that the government will return to next week, ie what to think about further reopening, says Guldvog to Dagbladet.
As of June 10, had 44 percent of the adult population received the first dose of the corona vaccine, while 29.6 percent of the adult population had been fully vaccinated. Stoltenberg highlights several positive indicators.
– I think we are doing well. I also believe that the government has a strategy that we support and that we have helped to lay the foundation for. It is about the reopening must take place gradually and in a controlled manner, and that we must monitor and be prepared to be able to scale up measures if there is a need for it, she says to Dagbladet and continues:
– But now it looks promising with falling infection rates, fewer hospitalizations, fewer deaths and a fast pace in terms of vaccination. There are many who have already received the first dose, and quite a few have received the second dose.
It was Tuesday that city councilor Raymond Johansen told Dagbladet that he hopes that Oslo can take a jab during next week.
– The gradual and cautious reopening of Oslo has been a success. But last week we had quite a boom in infection, so we have to make sure that we still have good control. We have been very clear that when we open up, we want it to be too good, Johansen told Dagbladet and continued:
– I hope that we can come back next week and say that we take an even bigger rush. If we have control over the outbreaks that are, then that’s really what we are going to do, but we have to wait and see that we have control, then we will take it from there.
– What do you mean by a larger jafs?
– Firstly, we can implement step three, but you should not rule out that it may also be relevant to take elements from step four if the development is positive. That is what we are discussing. But we do not feel completely safe yet, even though the increase in infection was among people in the age group 16 to 19, and we want to be safe when we continue the reopening of the capital.
Step three off Oslo’s reopening plan involves opening up to public places and businesses where cultural, entertainment or leisure activities take place. This entails the opening of, among other things, bingo halls, bowling alleys, gaming halls and playgrounds.
The step also involves easing the restrictions for both indoor and outdoor events. In this step, the City Council will also allow for a more physical presence at work, return to the requirement of one meter distance, and increase the number limit for outdoor sports and leisure activities.
In step four, which Johansen is considering taking elements from, the city council wants to open for pouring until midnight, as well as allow more than ten people to gather in private gatherings at home.