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.
Everything is red
In Oslo, 53 new cases of infection have been registered in the last 24 hours, the municipality’s overview shows, and all 15 districts are red.
On Friday last week, Assistant Director of Health Espen Rostrup Nakstad stated that it will be difficult to continue the reopening of the capital with such high infection rates.
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.