News story | Date: 10/02/2021
The infection situation is complex, and the number of cases of more contagious variants is increasing. For this reason, most of the measures introduced to limit the spread of infection in connection with the Nordre Follo and Halden outbreaks will continue to apply. Nordre Follo and Ås are moved from ring 1 to ring 2, and some restrictions will be eased in these municipalities. Enebakk, Frogn, Nesodden and Vestby will be removed from the group of municipalities subject to enhanced national measures.
‘The infection situation is complex and rapidly changing. New cases of more contagious variants of the virus are being diagnosed all the time, a number of them with unknown transmission routes. That is why most of the measures will continue,’ says Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.
The Oslo region has a high level of internal mobility in connection with work, children and young people’s education and leisure activities, and many use public transport. This increases the risk of transmission.
Easing of measures in Nordre Follo and Ås
The situation is now under control in the municipalities of Nordre Follo and Ås, and they are therefore being moved from ring 1 to ring 2.
‘This means that from 11 February, Nordre Follo and Ås can, among other things, open fitness centres to residents of the municipality. The ban on events is also lifted,’ says Høie.
On 8 February, all the affected municipalities attended a meeting with the County Governor of Oslo and Viken, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directorate of Health, at which the municipalities provided input on what level of measures they wished to see implemented in each municipality.
The following rules apply from 11 February to 17 February 2021 inclusive:
Ring 1 (level C: Fairly high level of measures)
Oslo, Halden, Sarpsborg.
Oslo has had high levels of infection pressure over time, and will remain at level C. Halden and Sarpsborg will also remain at this level, since the Halden outbreak is quite recent and the infection situation is still somewhat unclear.
Ring 2 (level D: Slightly enhanced level of measures)
Nordre Follo, Ås, Asker, Bærum, Indre Østfold, Hvaler, Fredrikstad, Moss, Rakkestad, Råde, Skiptvet, Våler, Lillestrøm, Lunner, Lørenskog, Rælingen, Nittedal.
The infection situation is deemed to be under control in Nordre Follo and Ås. These two municipalities are therefore being moved from ring 1 to ring 2.
The following municipalities will no longer be subject to the national enhanced measures:
Enebakk, Nesodden, Frogn, Vestby.
Several neighbouring municipalities have had low infection rates over time and find that they have good contact tracing capacity and a high level of compliance with infection control measures. The regulations will therefore no longer apply to these municipalities. Instead, they can implement stricter local measures as needed.
Further information about ring 1 and ring 2
The Government can decide what measures to implement in a municipality and its neighbouring municipalities when it is crucial to implement measures in a swift and coordinated effort to prevent the virus from spreading.
‘Ring 1 municipalities’ include the municipality where an outbreak has taken place and municipalities affected by the same outbreak, as well as municipalities whose inhabitants are in frequent contact with the municipality where the outbreak has taken place.
‘Ring 2 municipalities’ include municipalities that border on the ‘ring 1 municipalities’ and that must also implement measures swiftly as a result of the outbreak.
Ring 1 and ring 2 are only geographical descriptions. The level of measures chosen for ring 1 and ring 2 depend on how serious the outbreak is. There are four levels to choose from: Level A (particularly high level of measures), B (high level of measures), C (fairly high level of measures) and D (slightly enhanced level of measures).