Article | Last updated: 09/04/2021
As an increasing number of people are vaccinated, we will need an overarching plan for easing national infection control measures and a gradual reopening of society.
Based upon recommendations from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health, the Government has adopted a plan for a gradual reopening of society. The plan is based on the level of measures and restrictions that applied before 25 March. It describes a gradual lifting of the national restrictions. Due to all the uncertainties relating to factors that affect the pandemic, the plan will be reassessed in June or earlier.
The agencies recommend initiating the first step of the reopening when the epidemic is under control, i.e. when the infection rate and the disease burden have remained at a stable low level for a period of about three weeks. The Government will look at three main areas when considering reopening: The development of the infection situation, the capacity of the health care services and the number of vaccinated citizens.
To stay in control, we will need to see the results of each step before considering moving on to the next. An interval of three weeks will provide the time needed to do necessary analyses and assessments before considering implementing the next step. That is, data – not dates – will decide.
In the enclosed table, you can see which restrictions will be lifted at which step of the plan.