Arbeidsliv

Updated 23th March 2020

Covid-19 - Change in the joint recommendation to the operators with regard to information to personnel travelling offshore to the Norwegian continental shelf.
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The Government have enacted a variety of new measures to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

In the Cabinet of Ministers on March 15th, 2020, the regulations on quarantine, etc., after traveling outside Norway was amended. The new amendment requires quarantine on all persons arriving in Norway from abroad. The amendment comes into effect Tuesday 17th of March.

The amendment changes the rules for travelling from Sweden and Finland to Norway. This amendment is not applied retroactively. The exempts those who lives in Finland or Sweden while working cross the boarder in Norway.

In the Cabinet of Ministers on 13th of March 2020. Section 7-12 of the Act on protection against infectious diseases, the King's authority was delegated to the Ministry of Health and Care Services. The regulations repeal regulations on decisions pursuant to the Act on protection against infectious diseases § 4-1, second paragraph on quarantine (isolation) after travel outside the Nordic Region, which was adopted by the Norwegian Directorate of Health on March 12, 2020.

Regulations on quarantine etc. after arriving in Norway 

§ 1. Quarantine duty
Persons arriving in Norway shall stay in quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Norway.

A person in quarantine must reside in their own home or other suitable place of residence. The person can only stay outside the home or place of residence if close contact with other persons is avoided.
'Close contact' is regarded as any contact with less then two meters between oneself and any other person for more than 15 minutes, or any direct physical contact. This does not apply to health professionals in proper protective equipment.

§ 2. Exemption from quarantine duty
Persons who cross the border between Norway and either Finland or Sweden on their journey to and from work are except form § 1.

Persons who are strictly necessary to maintain the proper operation of critical society functions and attend to the basic needs of the population, including persons carrying goods and passenger transport, are exempted from § 1. Use of the exemption must be clarified with the corporate management.
Persons who are covered by the exception in the first paragraph shall, as far as possible, avoid close contact with other persons.

§ 3. Isolation
Persons in quarantine who develop cold symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath/difficulties breathing should stay in isolation from the time the symptoms occurred until 7 days after symptom relief. Isolation means that the person is staying in their own home or other suitable place of residence.
Persons who have symptoms upon arrival in Norway, should immediately be isolated at a place designated by the local doctor. People with symptoms cannot use public transport to designated place for isolation.

The full regulation is available on lovdata.no (Norwegian only).

Norwegian Oil and Gas has provided the following update of the joint recommendation for persons traveling offshore to the Norwegian continental shelf:

Information about the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic:

  1. You are not allowed to travel offshore if you have any sign of respiratory disease (e.g. fever, sore throat, cough or are short of breath). You have to have no symptoms for at least 24 hours before you travel offshore.

  2. If you have been traveling outside Norway and returned to Norway, you are to stay in your home for 14 days after arriving home to Norway (home quarantine). You should not travel offshore for the first 14 days after returning home. 

  3. If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 infection, do not travel offshore for the first 14 days after having such contact.

  4. If you have been outside Norway for the past 21 days, or have been in contact with the Covid-19 infected person, and you experience symptoms such as colds, fever and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, contact your doctor on the phone and provide information on travel history, close contact history and symptoms.

If any of these conditions apply to you, contact your nearest manager as soon as possible and before traveling to/arriving at the heliport.
If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider - before traveling to the heliport.

 The following applies to personnel already on board the facility: The individual operator must make a risk assessment for personnel already on board.