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Norway Removes Lockdown Restrictions, "we can now live as normal" Declares PM
By ABC News
Sep 26, 2021 - 9:17:21 PM
Sun, 26 Sep 2021

Norway lockdown© Reuters / Ints Kalnins
While restrictions have eased in Norway, the government still expects there to be COVID-19 cases.

Norway has re-opened society, its government says, ending its COVID-19 restrictions that have limited social interaction and hobbled many businesses.

The Nordic nation joins a small but growing number of countries, including Denmark and Britain, which have removed all domestic restrictions that limited the spread of COVID-19.

"It is 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime ... Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life," Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference.

Restrictions ended at 4:00pm (local time) on Saturday, Ms Solberg said.

The decision to no longer require social distancing will allow culture and sports venues to utilise their full capacity, rather than just a portion of seats, while restaurants can fill up and nightclubs reopen.

Ms Solberg had so far implemented the first three stages of a four-step plan to remove social and economic restrictions imposed since March of last year, but the final step was postponed several times amid worries over rising infection rates.

"In short, we can now live as normal," Ms Solberg said.

While restrictions have eased in Norway, the government still expects there to be COVID-19 cases.

Some 76 per cent of all Norwegians have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 67 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the country's Institute of Public Health.

Comment: Israel demands three shots to be considered 'fully vaccinated', going so far as to deactivate the vaccine passports of those who haven't. And, as sign of just how disastrous that policy is, Israel's soaring case and death rate forced Sweden to ban Israeli super-shedders from entering the country.

"Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over. People will still get sick and, therefore, it is important that everyone gets vaccinated," Ms Solberg said.

The Prime Minister warned, however, that those who contracted COVID-19 after the restrictions lift must still go into isolation to avoid spreading the virus.

Travel restrictions will also be relaxed and the government will no longer advise against travelling outside of Europe.

Some restrictions will still apply to those arriving from countries considered to have high rates of infections, the government said.

Ms Solberg thanked the different government agencies involved in the response as well as the general public.

"I want to say, 'Thank-you very much, Norway," she said.

Comment: Restrictions may have temporarily limited the spread of all viruses, but that has actually made the situation many times worse; more so when combined with all the other harmful restrictions and the accumulating harm caused by the experimental injections. Further, whilst dropping the restrictions exposes tyrannical governments elsewhere for what they are, there's nothing to say that they won't invoke these 'emergency' powers again in the near future knowing that they can get away with it. The UK, as just one example, intends to extend these powers in to next year.

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