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. Specific rules may apply in municipalities with a high level of infection. Refer to the website of the local municipality.

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Events at a public venue

All events and private gatherings for persons across different municipalities 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.

Private events at a public venue

No more than a maximum of 20 persons should be gathered at a private event hosted at a public indoor venue (rented or borrowed). A maximum of 30 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted outdoors.

Children who are part of the same cohort in kindergarten or primary school can meet with a required number of adults present.

A private gathering includes:  

  • 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.

Public events

The definition of a public 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.

Employees or contractors responsible for the public event are not counted as part of the allowed maximum number of participants.

A "dugnad" (voluntary community work) are not considered public events and are carried out. Social activities related to a dugnad/voluntary community work should be postponed.

Maximum number of participants allowed at a public indoor event:

  • No more than a maximum of 50 persons can be gathered at a public event hosted at a public indoor venue without designated seating.
  • No more than a maximum of 200 persons can be gathered at a public event hosted at a public indoor venue with designated seating.
  • No more than a maximum of 100 persons at an indoor sports and cultural events for children and young people under the age of 20 who lives in the same municipality. The same applies to events that gathers participants from different municipalities, where everyone is under the age of 20 and participates in an organized training or exercise in the same municipality.

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, provided a distance of at least one metre between seats.

Maximum number of participants allowed at a public outdoor event:

  • A maximum of 200 persons can be gathered at an outdoor public event without designated seating
  • A maximum of 600 persons in 3 groups of 200 can be gathered at an outdoor public event with designated seating. A distance of at least 2 metres must be kept between the 3 groups and 1 metre between the persons.

Requirements for all types of events at a public venue

The following rules apply to all types of events and must be followed:

  • 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 1 metre should be kept
  • 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.
  • Venues or events with a licence to serve alcohol must follow the rules that apply for venues serving food or alcohol. See also rules for venues serving food and tips for preparing and serving food.

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

What is considered as 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.

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.

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

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).

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 10 guests visiting in addition to those who are part of your own household. This applies both indoors and outdoors, in your own house, holiday property or garden.

Meeting up outdoors is recommended.

Children and youth may receive or go visit one to two regular friends outside of their own cohort in kindergarten or school.

You should however be able to keep a sufficient distance.

If you live in an area with a high level of infection and with stricter rules, you have to follow them. Visit the website of the specific municipality here (list in Norwegian).

How to host a gathering at a private venue

  • Limit the number of persons you meet in person as much as possible.
  • A maximum of 10 guests visiting is recommended. These should preferably be the same persons over time.
  • Keep a distance of at least 1 metre to others.
    • This does not apply to members of the same household, selected regular close contacts for those who live alone, nor to children who are part of the same cohort in kindergarten or primary school.
  • It can be easier to keep a distance outdoors rather than indoors.

You should avoid having too many close contacts, and limit how often you receive guests or go visit others.

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

Kids birthday parties

Kids birthday parties must be carried out in accordance to the rules and recommendations.

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 private venue

  • Having more than 10 guests visiting at home, at a holiday property or in your own garden is not recommended. Children in kindergarten or primary school can have visits from their own cohort, so that the entire cohort can be invited home.
  • 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.

Kids birthday parties at a rented venue

  • Up to 20 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted at a rented venue or a public place. Up to 30 persons can be gathered if the event is hosted outdoors. Children who are part of the same cohort in kindergarten or primary school can be gathered along with the required number of adults present, even if this adds up to more than the above stated maximum number. Local restrictions may apply where only a lower number of guests is permitted.
  • Cohorts in kindergarten and primary school are exempt from the one-metre requirement. Other persons present at the event must keep sufficient distance to others.
  • In general, you should follow the rules that apply to events at a public venue.

Organised sports and leisure activities

Groups of a maximum of 20 adults can take part in indoor organised sports and leisure activities, pending the requirement of a distance of at least one metre can be met also during the activity.

Organised outdoor sports and leisure activities for adults in groups of up to a maximum of 30 persons are allowed, pending the requirement of a distance of at least one metre can be met also during the activity.

Top athletes can train as normal both indoors and outdoors.

To see what applies to children and youth, refer to the article on children and youth here.

Serving food and alcohol

Tips for preparing and serving food

It is important that those preparing the food are not ill and keep a good hand hygiene. 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.

Serving of alcohol

Alcohol shall only be served to seated guests at the table prior to 24:00. The guests will then have 30 minutes to finish their drink.

Venues with a licence to serve alcohol can not let in new guest after 24:00.

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 20 persons. Local measures are introduced in some municipalities, refer to the website of the municipality where you live or are travelling to.

Requirement on contact details registration

Venues serving food or alcohol should register contact details provided the guest agrees 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.