The nightclubs and dance floors are kept closed, and no one wants to dance with a bandage and a meter away, says Noho Norway boss Karl-Henning Svendsen.
The government is easing on several of the measures from 11 pm on Tuesday night, but the meter remains.
– I think it is at least a step in the right direction, but it is still a denial of employment for parts of the industry, says Noho Norway manager Karl-Henning Svendsen.
The nightlife group runs places like Kulturhuset and Elsker. With the new measures, he can not open any more nightclubs, because the meter places restrictions on the possibility of opening nightclubs.
– No one wants to dance with the meter and bandage, he states.
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But the relief brings with it something positive for Svendsen, who hopefully can have longer opening hours and more employees at work.
– We hope that this can give us 60 to 70 percent of normal sales, he says.
– Now the infection control measures are heavier to bear than the infection
The meter is also responded to by Virke’s CEO Ivar Horneland Kristensen.
– As long as the meter is maintained, there are still many companies in many industries that are not allowed to take part in the reopening in full, he says in a statement.
The government aims to lift the latest restrictions by 17 February, if developments are as they envisage. Kristensen thinks this is positive.
– But we expect all measures to be repealed as soon as possible, he says.
The measures provide for infection control-sound operations for, among other things, nightlife and the catering industry. Even if the bar stop and the requirement for table service are removed, it is still required that the nightlife facilitates that you can keep a meter distance to other than household members and similarly close.
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– Now the infection control measures are heavier to bear than the infection. The government is planning two new weeks with increased costs and reduced earnings for the most vulnerable industries, at the same time as they will let all employers bear the full costs of the inevitable sickness absence from the omicron virus, he says.
Kristensen had rather wished that they had gone for full reopening, and reduced the employer period for sick leave to three days, in order to ease the burden on the companies through “the most critical period”.
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NHO, like Virke, had hoped that the meter would break on Tuesday night.
– We had hoped that the meter was taken away completely. This means a lot, especially for restaurants, nightclubs and companies that make a living from gathering people, says Nina Melsom, director of working life at NHO.
Nevertheless, she believes that today’s relief is a big step in the right direction.
– It is very important for companies that they can operate as normal without infection control restrictions, and we look forward to the rest of the measures being removed within a short time. Now society can finally wake up from hibernation and move towards brighter times, says Melsom, and continues:
– That the liquor ban is now lifted is good, and will contribute to more restaurants being able to stay open and get employees back to work.
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She is also very pleased that the government is now listening to the companies and repealing the national home office ban. Melsom points out that the companies themselves must be allowed to assess the use of home offices against the danger of high sickness absence.
– Many companies are now struggling with high sickness absence, and cuts in isolation time will be useful for many companies that experience this. Now it is important that companies have plans on how to handle an increasing absence, she says.