The municipalities go from measure level A, which is the strictest measure level, to measure level B. The measures last until and including Thursday 22 April.
This means that sports and leisure activities are also allowed indoors for children and young people under the age of 20.
The ban on organized outdoor activities for people over the age of 20 will also be removed.
Shops, malls, department stores and eateries can stay open. Pouring is still not allowed.
Mayor Robin Kåss in Porsgrunn municipality, says the municipal chiefs in Grenland would wait until after the weekend to open up.
– We have had cases where it has been unknown where the infection with the mutated virus comes from. Therefore, we would wait a bit to open, says Kåss.
He thinks it is good that the laid off can now return to work.
– At the same time, it is important to remember that it is an unstable situation. We must make an extra effort in the future. I encourage residents to have a low threshold to test themselves, says Kåss to NRK.
The mayor of Bamble municipality, Hallgeir Kjeldal, is positive about easing the measures. He points out that there are still strict guidelines to adhere to.
– We have to persevere a little longer. According to Erna, the community will be able to open up until the summer. Until then, continue to be loyal to the infection control rules, says Kjeldal.
There is still a high level of infection in the four municipalities, but according to Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, there is a good overview of the situation.
– The municipalities still want regional measures from measure level B, ie somewhat less strict than the measures they have had in the last three weeks. The Norwegian Directorate of Health, the National Institute of Public Health and the state administrator support this. The government has followed the recommendation, says Høie.
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