Might delay reopeningAt the end of May, the Norwegian government announced that it was approving several test concerts to find out whether rapid testing of the public could reduce the risk of infection. The events were to be organized by the FHI and an association of major festivals, including the Øya Festival, Bergen Live, and Palmesus. Steen says that – in the worst case – the test concerts could lead to the further reopening of Oslo being postponed. He believes that such an attempt should not be carried out under the current infection situation in Oslo.
Bergen not on board
On Monday afternoon, the Bergen City Council also refused to offer the necessary capacity in connection with testing at such concerts. The Municipality also reserved the right to cancel the concerts at short notice if the infection situation so dictates.
“The chief infection control officer has expressed concern related to the implementation of the events in Bergen, among other things related to risk and usefulness,” City Councilor for the Elderly, Health, and Volunteering, Beate Husa (KrF), noted.
Nevertheless, the City Council emphasized that they would not challenge the government’s decision to allow test concerts in Bergen, even though the Council does not want to provide test capacity itself.
The Municipality was asked to take a position on the implementation of two test concerts in the city and carry out about 9,000 tests in connection with the concerts.
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