Normal daily life with increased preparedness
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The Government has decided to move to a normal daily life with increased preparedness. This means that most corona restrictions will be removed from Saturday at 4 p.m. However, it is still important with hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and staying at home and being tested if you are sick.
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“This is extremely good news, and in line with the advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directorate of Health, that the Government has now decided to remove most of the restrictions,” says Camilla Stoltenberg, Director-General at the NIPH.
- Norway is moving to a normal everyday life with increased preparedness (regjeringen.no) (currently only in Norwegian)
Still important with vaccination
The NIPH estimates that the epidemic in the next few weeks will most likely be smaller and will eventually stabilise at a low level. The high vaccination coverage is inhibiting the spread of the epidemic.
“Meanwhile, it is important to note that we have not yet reached the goal that 90 per cent of the population over the age of 18 should be fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is now almost 84 per cent. If you are not fully vaccinated, contact your municipality and ask for a vaccine,” says Stoltenberg.
Stay home if you are sick
Although the epidemic is now under control, there is considerable uncertainty associated with winter with regards to coronavirus, influenza and other infectious diseases.
“Remember the good habits, wash your hands, cough into a paper tissue or crook of your elbow, stay at home and be tested if you are sick,” says Camilla Stoltenberg.
Changes in coronavirus guidance
The NIPH and the Norwegian Directorate of Health will update fhi.no and Helsenorge as soon as possible, after the changes come into effect with the advice and rules that apply to the population, municipalities, the health service, business and others.
When we move to a normal everyday life with increased preparedness, the recommendations that form the basis for more guidelines and industry standards will be removed. The NIPH and the Norwegian Directorate of Health plan to archive the guidelines, so they are available for those who need access.
Among the guidelines that will be archived are guidelines for home offices and workplaces, public transport and aviation, companies with one-to-one contact (hairdressers, etc.), sports and more.
Traffic light model for schools and childcare centres
The traffic light model will continue as a local emergency preparedness guide that specifies recommended contact-reducing measures when the infection situation in the municipality makes it necessary and proportionate for infection control measures in schools and childcare centres.
In schools and childcare centres, the following general infection control advice will apply when we move to a normal daily life with increased preparedness:
- Sick people must not attend school / childcare centre. The most important infection control measure is that sick people stay at home.
- Good hygiene. Cough etiquette is important to limit droplet infection, while hand hygiene is important to prevent contact infection.
- Good cleaning. Thorough cleaning prevents contact infection
The municipalities must make decisions based on Infection Control Act § 4-1 if they are to maintain the traffic light model.