Norway Bans Serving of Alcohol in Dining Establishments and Bars to Prevent Omicron Outbreak

Norway has banned Tuesday the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants as part of new efforts to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said bars and restaurants would not be allowed to sell alcohol from midnight tonight for at least four weeks but could remain open as part of a package of new Covid measures.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has earlier warned that Norway’s health system would come under strain if tighter measures were not implemented soon to counter Omicron.

Measures include requiring face masks at indoor events, closing amusement parks, working from home whenever possible, and expanding quarantine rules to all suspected virus variants.

“It is a heavy burden that we are announcing now, for many, this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods,” Stoere said.

Stoere said the measures are necessary to prevent a ‘serious’ situation where Delta and Omicron cases combine to overwhelm hospitals in the country. 

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