Fights Break Out in Norway After Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions

Numerous riots and violent fights, including mass brawls, happened in Norway following the crowding of streets, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in celebration of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the police, some disturbances happened in various locations, including in the southern city of Bergen and the central city of Trondheim. Police have recorded at least 50 fights.

On Friday, the Norwegian government said that the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted starting Saturday and the life could return to normal.

The action included the repeal of social separation restrictions and the reopening of nightclubs.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said that the “toughest measures” were implemented for 561 days.

“It has been 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime,” Solberg said on Friday at a news conference.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” Solberg added.

Norway is the second Nordic country to abolish COVID-19 limitations, following Denmark on September 10.

According to official data, more than 76 percent of Norway’s population has received one vaccine dose, and about 70 percent have received both.

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