Advice for events and social gatherings

There are restrictions on how many can be gathered. It is important that we all follow the given advice and restrictions.

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Events and private gatherings should be postponed or cancelled.

Local measures

Other or additional measures may apply to events and gatherings and for the catering industry in areas where the level of infection is high.

Visit the website of the local municipality to see if there are additional local measures or measures that are stricter than those that apply at a national level.

If no specific local measures are imposed in your municipality, the national measures apply. You can read about the national measures here at helsenorge.no.

Indoor organised sports and leisure activities for adults

Indoor organised sports and leisure activities for adults are prohibited, with an exception for professional top athletes.

Gyms can stay open for those who live in the municipality. Gyms can also stay open for residents from other municipalities if the services offered are:

  • rehabilitation and training on an individual basis or in small groups with an organizer
  • Individual training and treatment for which an appointment can be booked.

Swimming pools and water parks, spas, hotel pools and similar should be closed, except for the following services:

  • swimming in school, organized swimming courses and swimming practise for those under the age of 20 years old and for professional top athletes.
  • rehabilitation and training on an individual basis or in small groups with an organizer
  • individual treatment for which an appointment can be booked and where swimming is part of the treatment.

Amusement parks, bingo halls and similar venues for entertainment are closed.

Events at a public venue

Events and private gatherings should be postponed or cancelled.

If carried out, the rules for events apply.

Regulations apply to events at public venues. Violation of the regulations can be prosecuted if not complied with. If you are planning an event you will therefore need to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations.

What is considered an event and a public venue?

A public place refers to a place intended for public access or a place that the public frequent. Premises or outdoor areas that you can rent or borrow, including hotels, community centres, conference rooms and halls, is also considered a public venue.

The definition of an event includes:

  • Sports events (not including training).
  • Cultural events, concerts, exhibition openings, opera, ballet, theatre and cinema (not including practice and training).
  • Seminars, conferences, courses and other professional gatherings without alcohol being served.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies
  • Trade union and other membership meetings
  • Trade fair and temporary markets. Not including flea markets to raise money for a voluntary organization

A private gathering will also fall under the definition of an event, including:  

  • Gathering family, friends and acquaintances.
  • A social gathering in connection with work or school.
  • A gathering that directly follows a ceremony, such as a baptism, wedding, confirmation or funeral.
  • A dinner party or party where alcohol is served and that directly follows a seminar, conference, course or other professional event.

Private events at a public venue

Events that are not strictly necessary should be postponed until after April 12. If the event is strictly necessary, the following rules apply:

No more than a maximum of 10 persons should be gathered at a private event hosted at a public venue (rented or borrowed). A maximum of 20 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted outdoors.

Pay attention to the fact that different rules apply to a ceremony and a private event after the ceremony. This applies to ceremonies such as a christening, wedding or funeral. Different rules also apply to a seminar or company event that later turn into a party.

Public indoor events

No more than a maximum of 10 persons can be gathered at a public event hosted at a public indoor venue without designated seating.

No more than a maximum of 20 persons can be gathered at a public event hosted at a public indoor venue with designated seating.

Cinemas, theatres, seminars or religious ceremonies are examples of a public event hosted at a public indoor venue.

Designated seating implies that members of the audience can be seated in chairs, on a bench or similar, or a designated spot on the floor throughout the event.

At indoor sports events for children and young people under the age of 20, which bring together participants from the same municipality, a maximum of 50 people is allowed.

Funerals

A maximum of 50 persons can be gathered indoors at a funeral with designated seating throughput the ceremony.

For a memorial service or gathering held after the ceremony, the rules for private gatherings at a public venue apply.

Public outdoor events

A maximum of 50 persons can be gathered at an outdoor public event, both with and without designated seating.

A distance of at least one metre must be kept between each of the participants

Requirements for all types of events at a public venue

The recommendation is to cancel all planned events.

If strictly necessary, events that are hosted in spite of recommendations will have to comply to the following rules:

  • The premises or outdoors area for the public event must be large enough to accommodate the given requirements on keeping a distance.
  • A shoulder-to-shoulder distance of at least two metres should be kept
  • Those who are part of the same household or cohort in kindergarten /primary school do not need to keep a one metre distance*.
  • A responsible organizer must be designated.
  • Keep an overview of who is present by writing down their names and contact details to allow for contact tracing. The information must be deleted after 14 days.
  • Only people who are healthy should be present.
  • Make sure the participants can wash their hands easily, both when they arrive and during the event.
  • Do not carry out activities that involve a lower distance between the participants.
  • Employees or contractors responsible for the public event are not counted as part of the allowed maximum number of participants.
  • Temporary ban on the serving of alcohol at venues serving food or alcohol.
  • See also tips for preparing and serving food.

If the venue has designated seating, everyone should be given tickets / seats with sufficient distance in between. 

Responsible organiser

The responsible organiser should keep an overview of who is present, pass information on infection control on to those invited and make sure the rules are followed. The responsible organiser can either be you as the lessee (the person renting the premises) or the lessor (the owner/landlord renting out the premises). This should be agreed upon in advance, prior to hosting the event. If you rent a venue without a clear agreement with the lessor as to who is the responsible organiser, you yourself as the lessee will typically be held accountable.

At a private event, such as a confirmation at a smaller local venue, it will be natural for the person renting the venue (lessee) to be the responsible organiser. If you are hosting a wedding celebration at a hotel or similar venue it might be more natural for the owner of the entity (lessor) to be the responsible organiser.

The guests and participants must be informed about who the organizer is and who to contact for questions related to measures for infection control.

Requirement at venues with designated seating

Guests at events at venues with designated seating must be able to keep at least one metre distance between them on the row they are seated. 

Further information on public events

The Government provides answers to several questions related to events and the closing of some businesses. You can read these questions and answers at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).

Read more about the recommendations for public events at the Norwegian Directorate of Health (in Norwegian).

Gathering at a private venue

We should all limit the number of people we are in contact with in person. You should not have more than a maximum of 2 guests visiting in addition to those who are part of your own household. You should also be able to keep a distance to those who are not part of your own household.

If you live in an area with a high level of infection, you should not receive guests overnight or go visit others overnight. If you live alone, you can have one or two friends stay overnight. This also applies to children under the age of 20 years old.

Meeting up outdoors is recommended as far as possible.

Stay in touch with your family and friends. Feel free to find alternative ways of staying in touch rather than meeting up in person.

How to host a gathering at a private venue

  • Limit the number of persons you meet in person as much as possible.
  • Keep a distance of at least two metres to those who are not part of your household.
  • Wear a face mask in situations where keeping a distance to others is difficult.
  • A maximum of two guests visiting is recommended. These should preferably be the same persons over time.
  • It can be easier to keep a distance outdoors rather than indoors.

It is recommended that we all socialize in person with fewer people, for a shorter period and not with many different people in the course of one week.

See further advice for life in the time of corona here.

Kids birthday parties

Having more than 2 guests visiting is not recommended.

This recommendation applies both indoors at home and outdoors in your own garden.

Kids birthday parties at a private venue

  • No one who is ill can be present, even if their symptoms of a respiratory infection are only mild. This also applies to children and youth who are in quarantine or isolation.
  • Washing of hands or hand disinfection should be easily accessible. Hands should be washed upon arrival, prior to eating and when the visit is over.
  • In general, you should follow the rules that apply to gatherings at a private venue.
  • If possible, the celebration should preferably take place outdoors.
  • Food – including cake – should be served in prepared portions. Remember to keep hands clean, both for those who serve and those who eat.

Kids birthday parties at a rented venue

  • Up to 10 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted at a rented venue or a public place.  Up to 20 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted outdoors. Local restrictions may apply where only a lower number of guests is permitted.
  • In general, you should follow the rules that apply to events at a public venue.
  • Everyone should keep a distance of at least one metre to others, , preferably at least two metres. Cohorts in kindergarten and primary school are exempt from this requirement.
  • Adults – both those organizing the party and any accompanying persons – should strive to keep a distance to other children and adults and follow the general advice for infection control.
  • If possible, the celebration should preferably take place outdoors.
  • Food – including cake – should be served in prepared portions. Remember to keep hands clean, both for those who serve and those who eat.

Serving food and alcohol

Tips for preparing and serving food

There is no indication so far of transmission of the coronavirus via food or drinking water. Yet it is – as always – important that those preparing the food keep a good hand hygiene with thorough and frequent washing. It is also important that those preparing the food are not ill. The same goes for the guests, they should be healthy and wash their hands prior to the meal. The guests can use the same serving tools, but everyone needs to use their own cutlery. Avoid finger food.

If you want further information about food and drink, read more at the website of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Social distancing requirements at venues serving food or alcohol

Nation-wide ban on serving alcohol at venues with a license to serve alcohol.

Distance requirements at venues serving food

Venues serving food can stay open if the rules for infection control are followed.

Venues serving food must ensure the guests are able to keep a distance of at least one metre when seated. Venues can be restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs etc.

Private party at a restaurant

A catering venue can only serve a private group of up to a maximum of 10 persons. In some municipalities, they have introduced local measures, see the website of the municipality you live in or are going to.

Requirement on contact details registration

Venues serving food or alcohol should register contact details provided the guests agree to this. The information will allow the municipality to get in touch with you in the event of contact tracing. The required information includes telephone number, date and time of your visit and if possible, where you were seated. The venue should inform what the contact details is to be used for. The information must be deleted after 14 days.