Infection after a fashion party in Oslo


On Friday, the event received infection control criticism – now a person has tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, 170 people in the Oslo fashion industry celebrated during the Costume Awards 2020. The district chief doctor at St. Hanshaugen thought on Friday that the organizer broke the infection control rules.

The big celebration was held in the old Deichman library in central Oslo.

– At public events, there are now 50 which is the rule. It is a few weeks since that tightening came in Oslo municipality, so this is a violation of the rules, said district doctor Ingunn Haakerud to VG’s MinMote on Friday.

After seeing photos from the celebration, she also believes that there was too little distance between the participants.

So now a person who was present has tested positive for the coronavirus.

– We followed strict infection control rules during the event and have therefore sent out messages in accordance with the regulations to all participants and employees – about 200 people in total, says general manager of the event agency Nova Vista, Stig Ove Gulbrandsen in a press release.

The online newspaper was tipped earlier this week that the event should have been shut down by the city chief in Oslo on Thursday night. The online newspaper, on the other hand, was in contact with those responsible for the event, who denied that the district superintendent was present and says that the party was never closed.

The online newspaper has also been in contact with a number of celebrities who were present at the party who could tell that they went home early from the party.

The event agency now asks participants to have a low threshold for signing up for testing:

– The infection tracking team has stated that it is a person who has been proven infected, and that there is no great reason to worry. In consultation with the district superintendent at Frogner, we are asked to encourage those who may experience symptoms of corona to stay at home and have a low threshold to sign up for testing. We are sorry for this, and hope that the infected person is doing well and that no other guests or employees have been infected, says Gulbrandsen.

The Costume Awards lasted two days, and the infected person was only present at the event on Wednesday 14 October, the press release states.

In connection with the critique of infection control, Costume editor Kine B. Hatz told VG that their intention was to carry out the event in a responsible and safe manner. The editor further says that she is surprised by the district superintendent’s interpretation of the rules.

– These are challenging times to arrange something today. In collaboration with the event agency, we have had ongoing contact with the health authorities prior to the event, and we have been confident that we have done this within the infection control rules, she says.


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