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Norway to ease most national coronavirus restrictions

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Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg says most of the national coronavirus restrictions within the Scandinavian country are eased.

The restrictions lifted include the need for serving patrons in restaurants and also the 1-meter (3.3-feet) social distance rule.

Eateries, bars, and nightclubs will be allowed to remain open after midnight, schools and kindergartens can return to normal, and “handshakes will again be allowed,” a smiling Health Minister Bent Hoeie said.

He stressed Norway will have “an increased preparedness” and local restriction are imposed if there was a flare-up.

Norway is the second Scandinavian country to end the restrictions after Denmark did so on Sept. 10.

More than 76% of Norway’s population of 5.3 million have gotten one vaccine, and nearly 70% have gotten both shots, according to official figures.

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