Norway is over it. It has lifted all COVID restrictions.
The government made the announcement Friday and the masks came off Saturday with no more social distancing, full capacity everywhere, and handshakes.
Outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg took many Norwegians by surprise, “It has been 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime,” Solberg said. “Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life.”
There were long lines outside nightclubs, bars, and restaurants with no vaccination certificates nor negative test results required to get in.
Dozens of violent clashes, brawls
Nightclub owners say they could have used a few days notice to prepare, pointing to the fights.
There were dozens of disturbances, violent clashes, and mass brawls in some cities.
More than 76% of Norway’s population have received one vaccine dose, and nearly 70% have had both shots, according to official figures.
Norway is the second country in the Nordic region to lift COVID-19 restrictions after Denmark did so on Sept. 10.
COVID case count lower than expected in Ontario
COVID case counts in Ontario are lower than expected with 653 new cases reported Sunday.
The worst-case scenario presented in the most recent modelling had suggested there could be as many as four thousand daily cases by now. But health experts warn it is not a time to become complacent, pointing to what’s happening in western Canada.
Alberta has ten times more cases per capita than Ontario. Experts point to a different approach to public health measures between here and there, Alberta having lifted many of its restrictions before Ontario did.