The Norwegian government introduced new measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 British variant in the country. One of the measures is a country-wide temporary alcohol sales ban in the on trade sector.

This temporary ban announced on March 23, 2021 prohibits alcohol sales in on-trade premises such as restaurants, pubs and bars.

Other new COVID-19 measures in Norway include:

  • Closure of amusement parks and swimming pools;
  • Discontinuation of indoor sports, except children’s and elite activities;
  • Ten-day quarantine after unnecessary trips; and
  • Advice to not invite over two guests at home.

The Norwegian government has already previously implemented an alcohol sales ban as a measure to contain COVID-19. This ban was lifted on January 21, 2021, as a consequence of alcohol industry pressure. However, capital city Oslo retained their temporary alcohol sales ban due to a high number of infections.

As reported by Movendi International, many countries in the European region implemented time-based alcohol sales bans and improved other alcohol availability rules to contain the spread of the coronavirus, especially during the second wave of COVID-19. Temporary sales bans follow World Health Organization advice early on during the pandemic to reduce alcohol availability during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Alcohol policy solutions play an important role in protecting citizen’s health. A ground breaking new report illustrates the lethal interaction between alcohol industry products and practices with the coronavirus pandemic.

  1. Alcohol products increases health and societal problems arising from the pandemic. For example, alcohol weakens the immune system and makes people more susceptible to infections. And alcohol-centric social contexts have led to COVID-19 super spreaders.
  2. Alcohol products increase the burden on healthcare and emergency services which are already stretched due to the pandemic.
  3. The alcohol industry exploits the pandemic to change alcohol laws to their benefit such as through weakening delivery and take away laws.

Source Website: SVT