Businesses across the country are canceling Christmas dinners – E24

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A survey among 1,853 of NHO’s member companies shows that 53 per cent drop this year’s Christmas table, 26 per cent maintain the tradition and 21 per cent are unsure.

Many companies are dropping the Christmas table this year.

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While employers throughout the country are tightening up on the festivities before Christmas, it is Oslo that stands out most strictly, writes Dagens Næringsliv.

In the capital, 61 percent of the companies that arranged Christmas dinners last year state that they drop it this year. Only 21 percent do as last year, while 18 percent are unsure.

– I am glad that the Oslo companies seem to take the call not to plan for traditional Christmas dinners seriously. We are dependent on everyone contributing if we are to reduce the infection in Oslo, says City Councilor Raymond Johansen (Labor Party) to the newspaper.

Working life director Nina Melsom in NHO says the figures are gloomy because it is an important season for a hard-hit industry and that the reasons are complex.

– An important reason is probably also that many have laid off or have resigned recently, and that it feels unnatural to have a party in such a situation. In addition, it has an effect when Raymond Johansen goes out and advises against Christmas dinners, says Melsom.

Johansen emphasizes that Christmas closings and events can be carried out in small groups, and that using restaurants and other professional actors can contribute to safeguarding infection control.

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