Coronavirus: Norway partially lifts ban on alcohol sales

Norway will partially allow the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants again, the Norwegian government announced today, as part of the easing of health measures against the coronavirus.

Faced with worrying predictions related to the arrival of the Omicron variant, the Norwegian authorities issued instructions in December, which mainly provided for a ban on the sale of alcohol in all bars and restaurants in the country.

“The virus is spreading fast, but far fewer people are seriously ill,” Prime Minister Jonas Gar Stere said in a news conference today.

“We managed to control the pressure on the health services,” he added.

In addition to selling alcohol at entertainment venues, but not after 11pm local time and provided customers are seated – a measure that will take effect tomorrow – the government has decided to relax quarantine rules, which are being replaced by Diagnostic tests for contact cases and those living with a person infected with covid.

The use of the mask remains, however, mandatory in shops and malls, public transport should be avoided during peak hours, teleworking remains the norm and social contacts should be avoided.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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