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Infection control advice for religious festivals

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The health authorities want everyone to have safe religious celebrations by following national advice and recommendations. Here is the most important infection control advice.

The health authorities want everyone to have safe religious celebrations by following national advice and recommendations. Here is the most important infection control advice.


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The infection situation in Norway varies between regions. Many municipalities therefore have stricter advice and rules than the national measures. Check the rules that apply in your municipality

Social gatherings

Social gatherings increase the risk of transmission, and everyone must limit how many people they are with. Keep 1 metre distance. Keep hands clean. Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms that may be due to COVID-19, then you need to be tested as soon as possible.

To avoid many close contacts, everyone should avoid meeting many people during a week. If you meet people outside your household during the festival, they should be the same people throughout the celebrations. It is safer to meet outdoors than indoors. Take extra care if someone is in a risk group.

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Gatherings at home

This is national advice. There are separate rules in Oslo and several other municipalities. Check the rules that apply in your municipality

For recommendations on the number of guests you can have at home, see Events, gatherings and activities. There can be no more people than everyone can keep at least 1 metre apart.

Infection control advice for gatherings at home:

  • Do not visit or have guests if you are unwell, even with mild symptoms. Be tested as soon as possible if you suspect you may be infected with COVID-19.

  • Quarantined people may not visit or have guests. It is important to follow the rules that apply to quarantine to avoid transmission.

  • Make sure that everyone who does not live together keeps at least 1 metre apart.

  • If possible, gather outside, because the transmission risk is lower outdoors.

  • Everyone should wash their hands well or use hand disinfectants regularly.

  • Avoid overnight visits. There is a greater risk of transmission between people who are together for an extended length of time.

Private events

This is national advice. There are separate rules in Oslo and several other municipalities. Check the rules that apply in your municipality

If you rent or borrow premises for the gathering, or gather outside in a public place, different rules apply than when gathering at home. For rules on the number of participants in private events / private gatherings (indoors and outdoors), see Events, gatherings and activities 

One or more people must be responsible for infection control at the gathering and:

  • Inform that sick people must stay at home.

  • Arrange for all guests to stay at least 1 metre distance at all times.

  • Have a list with the names and telephone numbers of everyone who is present so that they can help the municipality with contact tracing if an outbreak occurs.

  • Ensure thorough cleaning and the availability of hand washing facilities or hand disinfectants.

Gatherings in churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, prayer houses or other religious venues

This is national advice. There are separate rules in Oslo and several other municipalities. Check the rules that apply in your municipality

Gatherings at religious meeting venues are considered an event and everyone must therefore follow the infection control advice for events. National guidelines for events and private gatherings can be found here:

It is recommended to limit the number of participants in religious gatherings, and to limit the total number of religious gatherings in order to reduce the risk of transmission.

The transmission risk increases if many participants gather at various events over several days.

The number of people who can be present at such events depends on whether you are outside or inside and if you have fixed, designated places. All participants must keep at least 1 metre away at all times, including when they arrive and leave the event. Employees and organisers are not included in this number.

  • Sick people should not participate, even with mild symptoms.

  • The organiser must not allow more people present than everyone can keep at least 1 metre distance during the entire ceremony.

  • Organisers must ensure that there is no crowding outside the meeting place before and after the event. If necessary, allocate people (corona hosts) to help with the event.

  • Ensure good cleaning, and place hand disinfectant at the entrance and near other common points of contact, such as door handles and light switches.

  • Ensure thorough cleaning, especially for frequently touched contact points and toilets.

  • Air the room well before the event, and use the ventilation system as normal.

  • The organiser must register who is present (name and telephone number), in order to be able to help with contact tracing, if necessary.

Travel

The government recommends avoiding travel. This also applies in connection with religious celebrations, see:

Travel abroad is not recommended. If you must travel, you will most likely have to stay in a quarantine hotel when you return to Norway, see:

Also avoid all unnecessary domestic travel. Leisure travel is considered unnecessary travel.

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