Regional measures kept in several municipalities in Viken county

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Infection levels remain high in certain municipalities in Viken county, and the rate of infection varies greatly between the municipalities. In accordance with recommendations from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and the County Governor, the Norwegian Government has decided to keep Level B measures in 9 municipalities in Viken. The regional measures are being lifted in 10 municipalities on Monday 10 May at 12 am.

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"The rate of infection varies greatly in Viken, and infection levels are still high in several municipalities. Regional measures will be lifted in 10 municipalities on Monday, while 9 others will need to keep strict measures for a couple of weeks more", says Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.

The municipalities of Bærum, Drammen, Lier, Lillestrøm, Lørenskog, Nordre Follo, Rælingen, Ullensaker, and Ås will remain at Level B through 21 May.

The recommendation for Lillestrøm, Lørenskog, and Rælingen is to also keep the local measures that were introduced on 6 May after coordinating measures with Oslo.

It is recommended that Bærum, Drammen, Lier, Nordre Follo, Ullensaker, and Ås assess the need for further local measures.

Asker, Enebakk, Fredrikstad, Frogn, Halden, Indre Østfold, Moss, Råde, Sarpsborg, and Vestby will have regional measures lifted on Monday 10 May at 12 am.

This means that these municipalities will then be subject to the prevailing national rules. However, it is recommended that the municipalities consider the need to introduce local measures or adjust or enhance existing local measures.

The Ministry has been informed that the municipality of Asker will introduce enhanced local measures on Monday 10 May.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the County Governor of Oslo and Viken, and the municipalities affected have been in close contact regarding the matter.

The Norwegian Government has decided that the following municipalities will remain at Level B (a high level of measures) through 21 May:

  • Bærum
  • Drammen
  • Lier
  • Lillestrøm
  • Lørenskog
  • Nordre Follo
  • Rælingen
  • Ullensaker
  • Ås

Regional measures will be lifted for the following municipalities on 10 May:

  • Asker
  • Enebakk
  • Fredrikstad
  • Frogn
  • Halden
  • Indre Østfold
  • Moss
  • Råde
  • Sarpsborg
  • Vestby

A new meeting between the County Governor and the municipalities is planned between 18 and 20 May in order to assess the situation in Viken.

Further details about regional measures
The Norwegian Government may determine which measures to implement in a municipality and surrounding municipalities when it is essential that such measures are put in place quickly and in a coordinated manner in order to prevent the spread of infection.

The level of measures chosen for municipalities depends on the severity of the outbreak. There are three levels of measures that can be applied. These are Level A (a very high level of measures), Level B (a high level of measures) and Level C (a moderate level of measures).

An overview of which measures are incorporated into the respective levels is provided