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Social distance and physical contact

Increased distance and fewer close contacts are two key measures to reduce transmission in the coronavirus pandemic. Increasing the distance between people and reducing the number of contacts reduces the risk of being infected by people who were unaware they were infected.

Increased distance and fewer close contacts are two key measures to reduce transmission in the coronavirus pandemic. Increasing the distance between people and reducing the number of contacts reduces the risk of being infected by people who were unaware they were infected.


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Normal daily life with increased preparedness from 25.09 at 4 p.m.

The Government has decided that Norway will move to a normal daily life with increased preparedness Saturday 25th September at 4 p.m.

The information on these pages is being updated.

Advice to everyone

  • Sick people should stay at home and have a low threshold to be tested

  • Remember good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

  • Contact-limiting measures

The risk of infection is lower outdoors than indoors. In general, it is also recommended to ensure good ventilation. In private homes, it is recommended to ventilate regularly or between the use by different groups. Ventilation does not replace other infection control tips.

Keep your distance

COVID-19 is transmitted mainly through droplet and contact infection. Increasing the distance between people reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Basically, everyone should keep their distance from others except those they live with. At least one metre distance is the main rule. Avoid physical contact, including handshake and hugging. Passing by someone gives little risk of  transmission. In public spaces (for example in shops, restaurants, gyms, etc.) everyone should keep their distance from those they do not know.

Those who are protected do not have to keep their distance from others, if they know that they are not unprotected and in a risk group. You and those you live with can be together as usual. "Those you live with" also include romantic partners.

More about distance

Based on current knowledge, the NIPH considers that a distance of 1 metre provides a reduction in risk in most situations, but a distance of 1 metre does not rule out infection. In situations where people do not move around much, the risk is lower, for example in rooms with fixed seating. The risk of infection is lower if face-to-face contact is avoided. We therefore recommend that seats are given priority over standing places in situations of congestion in public transport.

COVID-19 transmits significantly less outdoors than indoors. We emphasize the importance of good ventilation and air exchange reduce the risk of infection.

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Fewer contacts than usual

Having contact with many others increases the risk of being infected by people who did not know they were infected. We therefore recommend everyone to limit the number of physical contacts both in private settings, at events and at work, school and place of study. See Events, gatherings and activities

Smittestopp is an app from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). It should help prevent coronavirus from spreading in society, and is completely voluntary to use. 

Advice for everyday life

History

07.09.2021: Updated link and information in fact box

20.08.2021: Changed in accordance with current advice with increasing vaccination coverage in the population. Abbreviated and simplified language and content

20.06.2021: Changed the recommendation on the number of guests in private homes from 10 to 20 in line with the government's reopening plan step three. Removed figure about social and physical contact during the pandemic. Added a link to the easing in recommendation that apply in private homes.

26.05.2021: Changed from 5 to 10 guests in private homes, gardens and cabins. 

27.04.2021: Added new paragrah about ensuring good ventilation.

19.04.2021: Updated "Only have up to 5 guests in private homes, gardens and cabins" (from 2 guests).

25.03.2021: Changes after updates in national recommendations

25.01.2021 Added new, stricter measures in 25 municipalities in Eastern Norway

19.01.2021 Updated after changes in national advice

15.01.2021 Added link to helsenorge.no about advice for everyday life during corona times

14.01.2021 Clarification about visits from children and adolescents until 19 January.

08.01.2021 Clarification that temporary recommendations are implemented from January 4th to January 19th.

04.01.2021 Added new restrictions on the number of social contacts.

01.12.2020 Created own article about social distance - information taken from another chapter and updated with current knowledge.