Norway kindergartens to open from April 20

Norway, one of the first European countries to curb activities to rein in the spread of the coronavirus, will relax restrictions “little by little”, the prime minister says.

The Nordic country’s lockdown sent the economy into a tailspin and triggered hundreds of thousands of lay-offs.

“Together we have taken control of the virus, therefore we can open up society little by little,” Erna Solberg told a news conference on Tuesday.

On Monday, her health minister said the epidemic was “under control” in Norway, pointing to the low rate of transmission.

Current restrictions, which are in place until April 13, include the closure of nurseries and schools, refusing entry to foreigners who do not live and work in Norway and forbidding people to go to their mountain cabins if they have one.

Kindergartens will reopen between April 20 and 27, schools from the first grade to the fourth grade will reopen from April 27 and Norwegians can go to their chalets from April 20.

At the same time, working from home must continue and Norwegians must get used to measures against contamination “for a long time,” Solberg said.