Advice for events and social gatherings

There are restrictions on how many can be gathered at an indoor event, and it is important that we all follow the rules and advice. Municipalities with a high level of infection can implement stricter rules. Please refer to the website of your local municipality for details.

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Definition of an event

Public events

  • Sports events (not including organised training).
  • Cultural events, concerts, exhibition openings, opera, ballet, theatre and cinema (not including practice and training).
  • Seminars, conferences, courses and other professional gatherings.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies.
  • Trade union and other membership meetings

"Dugnad", trade fair and temporary markets

A "dugnad" and voluntary activities e.g. in local communities or sports associations are not considered an event and can be carried out, but social activities related to the dugnad are considered an event.

Trade fairs and temporary markets can keep the same level of activity as a shopping centre or mall, but visitors must be registered. Please refer to the recommendations for shopping centres here (helsedirektoratet.no) (in Norwegian).

Private events and gatherings

  • Gathering family, friends, or 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.

Public and private venue

A public venue 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.

A private venue is a place you own or rent yourself, such as a house, cabin or other leisure property.

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.

Participants

You are a participant when you are present at an event, for example in the audience or at a dinner party. Separate rules apply, depending om the number of participants and the type of event.

The following persons are not counted in the number of participants who may be present at the event:

  • Employees or contractors responsible for the event
  • Performing artists at a cultural event by a professional organiser
  • Top athletes, support team and referees at a sports event
  • Journalists, photographers and other media representatives necessary for covering the event.
  • Participants / performers including support team at an indoor cultural, sports or leisure event for children and youth under the age of 20 years of age.

Designated seating

The term "designated seating" refers to specific seats that the participants has bought tickets to or seats guided to by a host. The audience must be seated at the designated seats during the whole event.  

Public events

It is recommended that we all are reduce the number of close contacts we have. This means that you should consider reducing the number of social gatherings and events you attend.

When going to an event, you should avoid traveling by public transportation when congested.

Limitations on the number of participants

Indoors

  • Without designated seating: A maximum of 30 participants.

  • With designated seating: Up to 1,500 participants and a maximum of 50 percent capacity.
  • At events where there are more than 200 people present at the same time, those who are present must be divided in cohorts of up to 200 people. There must be at least two meters distance between the cohorts.

Outdoors

  • Without designated seating: A maximum of 100 participants.

  • With designated seating: Up to 3,000 participants and a maximum of 50 percent capacity.
  • At events where there are more than 500 people present at the same time, those who are present must be divided in cohorts of up to 500 people. There must be at least two meters distance between the cohorts.

Requirements for the event

  • A responsible organizer must be designated and should make sure the relevant requirements are met.
  • Participants must use a face-mask at indoor events when it is difficult to keep a sufficient distance.
  • The rules on how many who can be gathered must be followed.
  • A shoulder-to-shoulder distance of at least one metre to anyone who is not part of your own household should be kept.
  • The public venue must be large enough to accommodate the given requirements on keeping a distance.
  • Keep an overview of where each individual participant is seated.
  • The responsible organizer at an event with designated seating must keep 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 at good health should be present.

Guests at events with designated seats must be allocated tickets and seats that allows for a one metre distance or one free seat in between. Those who live in the same household can be seated closer. If the audience is seated in designated seats, it is sufficient to have one free seat between each participant.

Children who are part of the same class/group/cohort kindergarten /primary school do not need to keep a distance.

Private gatherings at a public venue

It is recommended that we all are reduce the number of close contacts we have. This means that you should consider reducing the number of social gatherings and events you attend.

You should avoid traveling by public transportation when going to an event.

Limitations on the number of participants

At a private event (rented or borrowed venue) no more than:

  • 30 persons can be gathered indoors.
  • 50 persons can be gathered outdoors.

This also includes persons who are vaccinated or have had COVID-19.

Exceptions apply for:

  • Indoor events for children who are part of the same group/class/cohort in kindergarten or primary school. They can meet along with the required number of adults.
  • A maximum of 50 persons can be gathered at an event following a funeral. The funeral itself is defined as a public event with designated seating.

Requirements for the event

Privat events at a public venue are regulated and the requirements must be met. Violation of the rules are a criminal offence.

A responsible organizer must be designated and should make sure the relevant requirements are met.

  • Participants must use a face-mask at indoor events when it is difficult to keep a sufficient distance.
  • The rules on how many who can be gathered must be followed.
  • A shoulder-to-shoulder distance of at least one metre to anyone who is not part of your own household should be kept.
  • The public venue must be large enough to accommodate the given requirements on keeping a distance.
  • 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 at good health should be present.

Gathering at a private venue

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 indoors both at home, at a cabin or a leisure property, and includes persons who are vaccinated or have had COVID-19.

We should all keep a distance of at least one metre to others, and hence we should not have more guests than what space allows.

Meeting up outdoors is recommended.

Children and youth in kindergarten/primary school can have their group/class/cohort visiting. For further information on what applies to children and youth,

If your local municipality has stricter local rules on the number of guests you can have visit, you will need to follow these. Please refer to the website of your local municipality for details.

Recommendations for organised sports and leisure activities

Leisure activities refer to corps, school bands, choir, theatre school, art school, scout etc.

Organised sports activities can for example be handball, football, basketball, cross country skiing, chess, track and field athletics etc.

Children and youth

Sports and leisure activities should preferrably take place outdoors as far as possible.

Children and youth under the age of 20 yers of age, can carry out organised sports, training and leisure activities as normal.

Iti is recommended to limit the size of the group to 20 persons or class/cohors when the activity takes place indoors, There may also be contact between the participants if necessary.

Adults

Sports and leisure activities should preferably take place outdoors as far as possible

  • A maximum of 20 people and a distance of 1 meter is recommended for indoor events. During intensive training, arrangements should be made for a distance of 2 meters to be kept
  • Outdoor activities can take place as normal. There may also be contact between the participants if necessary.

For team sports, it is recommended to only carry out individual matches and not tournaments, cups, etc. For individual sports, limiting the number of participants at competitions is recommended.

Top athletes can train as normal. Measures for infection control should be followed. 

Rules for venues serving food and alcohol

Venues serving food and alcohol can stay open if the rules for managing infection control are followed. Venues can be restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs etc.

  • Venues with a licence to serve alcohol can only serve alcohol prior to 11 PM (23:00). The guests will then have to finish their drink within 11:30 PM (23:30).
  • Serving of alcohol should only take place at the table.
  • The venue should make sure all guests can keep a distance of one metre to other guests, except those who are part of the same household or similar close contacts.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory when keeping a distance of one metre is not possible, except when seated at the table.
  • Venues cannot arrange activates where the participants have less distance than one meter each other – such as dancing.
  • Venues can not serve private events with more than 30 participants indoors and 50 participants if the event is outdoors.

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 venue should inform what the contact details is to be used for. The information must be deleted after 14 days.