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National recommendations and rules

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Published under: Støre's Government

Publisher Government.no

The Norwegian Government is removing all regulatory measures against COVID-19, including the requirement to wear a face covering, keep a 1-metre distance, and the duty to go into isolation when people are sick. Some rules for Svalbard are being kept. The change will enter into effect on 12 February at 10 am.

Poster National recommendations and rules
Credit: HOD / DSS

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General advice for the population

  • Practice good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Follow the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
  • Get tested if you develop symptoms. Children are exempt from this. It is no longer necessary to get tested if you do not have symptoms, even if you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you develop new respiratory symptoms and you feel sick. You should stay home until you feel well, and you have been fever-free for 24 hours. Mild residual symptoms like a runny nose, hoarseness or some coughing are fine.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, stay home for 4 days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of your positive test if you have no symptoms. Children are exempt from testing, but are recommended to stay home if they are sick. They can return to kindergarten or school once they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Please contact your doctor if you are concerned about your health or that of your child.

Advice for risk groups and unvaccinated people

  • People at risk of serious illness and unvaccinated adults must assess the risk of infection and their own risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19 against their need for contact with other people.
  • You should consider avoiding large groups or wearing a face covering when the infection rate is high. It is nonetheless important that you do not isolate yourself and have some social contact.
  • People in risk groups generally have good protection from serious illness if they follow the advice to get vaccinated, so that they can live like other people and follow the same infection control advice as other people.
  • People who are at high risk of serious illness should consult their doctor about their risk and the necessity to shield when the infection rate is high. Read more about risk groups on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health:

Distance and social contact

  • Keep a distance from other people if you develop new respiratory symptoms; especially people in risk groups.
  • In connection with childbirth or serious illness, hospitals and municipal institutions should make arrangements that allow people to visit, also next-of-kin and carers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Face coverings

  • The regulatory requirement to wear a face covering is removed.
  • The use of a face covering is recommended when you have close contact with people in risk groups if you have cold/respiratory symptoms.
  • People in risk groups and unvaccinated people are recommended to wear a face covering when they are out among people when the infection rate is high if it is difficult to keep a distance from other people.

Testing (See separate article on this subject

  • Adults are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 if they develop new respiratory symptoms. People without symptoms are not advised to get tested. Children with symptoms no longer need to get tested.
  • All people who receive a positive self-test result should register this result in their municipality’s contact tracing system. Positive self-tests are not registered in helsenorge.no and do not appear on your COVID-19 certificate.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated, i.e. have not received a booster dose, should take a test at a test centre to confirm the positive self-test result. A test to confirm the result is not necessary for people who have received a booster dose or who have received the basic vaccinations, then recovered from COVID-19 during the past 3 months.
  • Most people will receive a positive test result around onset of the symptoms. In some cases, it takes longer for a person to develop symptoms after the self-test returns a positive result. If your symptoms persist and the self-test is negative, you should take a new test 2–3 days later.

Isolation

  • The regulatory requirement to go into isolation is removed and replaced with a recommendation for adults with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to stay home for 4 days from the onset of symptoms and, regardless, until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
  • There is separate infection control advice on the steps to be taken if an enterprise's operations require some people with COVID-19 to go to work. See the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • The recommendation to stay home for 4 days does not apply to children, who are recommended to stay home if they are sick.

Contact tracing

  • There is no longer a recommendation for people with COVID-19 to notify their other close contacts.
  • Municipal contact tracing may be relevant in some situations, for example in connection with an outbreak at a municipal institution.

Quarantine

  • The duty to quarantine was removed on 1 February, and replaced with a test regime.

Kindergartens, schools, and after-school programmes (See separate article on this subject

  • The requirement of operation in accordance with the infection control rules in the COVID-19 Regulations is repealed, as is the traffic light model accordingly.
  • Normal operations in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population are recommended.
  • Infection control measures are still recommended in kindergartens and schools, in accordance with the Regulations relating to measures in the kindergarten and school environment to promote health, which require that the enterprise's operations are planned and carried out in a manner that prevents communicable diseases. Specific COVID-19 advice will remain in place for kindergartens and schools in the coronavirus guidance on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website.
  • Employers are recommended to adapt the working conditions at educational institutions so that risk groups have the necessary flexibility in their everyday lives.
  • The advice for workplaces and businesses (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) will cover infection control for employees. Specific infection control advice regarding kindergartens and schools is provided in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's coronavirus guidance, under Advice regarding infection control in kindergartens and schools (in Norwegian only).
  • The traffic light model will be kept as emergency preparedness guidance, containing recommended measures to reduce contact when the infection rate in a municipality makes it necessary and proportionate to introduce infection control measures in kindergartens and schools. Municipalities may decide to implement the traffic light model if the conditions in the Control of Communicable Diseases Act have been met.

Universities, university colleges, and vocational schools

  • The requirement of operation in accordance with the infection control rules in the COVID-19 Regulations is repealed.
  • However, there is still a requirement to operate in accordance with infection control rules pursuant to the Regulations relating to measures in the environment to promote health, which apply to all enterprises and require that operations are planned and carried out in a manner that prevents communicable diseases.
  • Normal operation in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population is recommended.
  • Employers are recommended to adapt the working conditions at educational institutions for risk groups.

Work

  • Normal operation in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population is recommended.
  • Employers are recommended to assess the need to limit infection and issue guidelines for their employees. It is important that workplaces adapt the working conditions at educational institutions for risk groups.

Events and gatherings

  • The regulatory requirement of operation in accordance with the infection control rules in the COVID-19 Regulations is repealed. This means that most of the requirements regarding event/gathering sizes or making arrangements so people can keep a distance have been removed for organisers.
  • However, there is still a requirement to have infection control measures in accordance with the Regulations relating to measures in the environment to promote health, which state that enterprise's operations must be planned and carried out in a manner that prevents communicable diseases.
  • Normal operations in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population are recommended.

Venues that serve food or alcohol and other businesses

  • The regulatory requirement of operation in accordance with the infection control rules in the COVID-19 Regulations for venues that serve food or alcohol, or other businesses is repealed.
  • There are no restrictions on the type of activities that may go ahead or any distance requirements.
  • Normal operations in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population are recommended.
  • However, there is still a requirement to operate in accordance with infection control rules for all businesses pursuant to the Regulations relating to measures in the environment to promote health. The operations must be planned and carried out in a manner that prevents communicable diseases.

Entry into Norway

  • The regulatory requirement to produce a negative test taken prior to arrival and the requirement of entry registration are repealed.
  • The regulatory requirement of testing before and after arrival in Svalbard will be kept for now. The same applies to the ban on international charter flights to Svalbard.