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– I almost did not expect this, even though we knew it was coming.
That’s what a jubilant Kristin Slåtto, general manager at Senze Lounge Bar in Jørpeland, says.
– Now I think we have to bounce the champagne. This is absolutely great, we have been waiting for it ever since we opened, says Slåtto.
Co-owner Henriette Alsvik throws herself around her neck, tears roll down her cheeks.
She and her colleagues attended the press conference of Prime Minister Erna Solberg today, and had the champagne ready.
They are very pleased that the country will be fully reopened tomorrow at 16.00
Everyone remembers March 12, 2020
Exactly 561 days ago, the nation was put on alert.
The coronavirus spread in Norway.
Many people probably remember the press conference of Prime Minister Erna Solberg, 12 March 2020:
– Dear everyone! We are in the middle and difficult for Norway and for the world. Norway is being put to a great test. Both as a society, but also we as individuals.
Normal everyday life
Today, the nation can look forward to a more normal everyday life.
Tomorrow at 4 pm, most corona measures will disappear, and the population will be very little affected by the pandemic in everyday life.
Admission stops and table placement requirements at restaurants will also disappear.
– This is good news we have been waiting for a challenge, because we want to be packed every day.
That’s what Sofie Langli and her colleagues say at Fryd cafe in Trondheim.
– Hope we now get a full house and happy people.
The news is also very well received among people on the streets in Trondheim city center.
– The first thing I want to do is drop the mouthpiece. It will be very delicious, says Eirun Sol Einarsdottir.
– It will be nice to be able to smile at people.
Party weekend in Bergen
In Bergen, the timing is very good for the new Kulturhuset which has an official opening in Vaskerelven this weekend.
– It’s absolutely fantastic. We could not offer ourselves a better start than this, says owner Yngvil Nydal to NRK.
The new house of 3000 square meters spread over three floors, has been renovated and refurbished for over 100 million kroner.
She says that 35 employees can now mostly receive people from Bergen who can finally enjoy culture and party to the fullest, without restrictions.
– It will be a party weekend and we will just be hers and enjoy everything that is going to happen.
At Tønsberg’s largest nightclub, Foyn, the challenge has been critical of the infection control measures for the nightlife industry in Norway. But now it is forgotten.
– I have a very strange feeling, we have been waiting for this for a very long time. We are incredibly looking forward to this, says general manager Alexander Lorentzen.
– How do you think the guests will behave now?
– Good question, I have thought about that a lot. It will be very exciting to see how people react, says Lorentzen.
Leader of the Student Organization in Agder Kristoffer Spenik (24), he did not expect this news to come now, and says he is both surprised and happy.
– I am very happy and I may take a city trip to dance a bit, he says.
What he has missed most during the pandemic is to take people by the hand and say hello. He also thinks it has been difficult to have contact with fellow students.
He hopes it gets better now.