Sick people must stay at home

Good hand and cough hygiene and enhanced cleaning

Keep at least 1 meter distance to others

We put the safety and health of our guests first. Therefore, there will be some restrictions this year, but we work to ensure that these do not prevent you, and your friends, family or colleagues, from having a fantastic stay at Oslofjord.

The municipal health service in Sandefjord Municipality has infection control expertise, and Oslofjord consults this service with questions about the organization and facilitation of infection control measures at Oslofjord.

Infection prevention measures

There will always be a risk of infection, and cases of infection can occur even if good infection control has been exercised. Infection prevention measures reproduced here are taken to reduce the risk. The three main pillars for slowing the spread of infection are:

Sick people must stay at home

Good hand and cough hygiene and enhanced cleaning

Keep at least 1 meter distance to others and reduce contact

We are all responsible

Oslofjords responsibility

  • Ensure proper operation in accordance with applicable laws and regulations that take infection control into account
  • Organize and place the responsibility for various tasks in connection with the infection control 
  • Provide necessary training and information to employees, guests and other users
  • That each department head has local plans for infection control adapted to their own department and their own deliveries in line with information on this page


Organizers’ responsibility

  • That the event is carried out within both the health authorities’ advice and requirements, and within Oslofjord’s advice and requirements given on this page
  • That activities are carried out in an infection control-sound manner. This requires good cooperation between the organizer, coaches, instructors, volunteers, participants, parents and others associated with the event


Everyone’s responsibility

  • To exercise good infection control during the covid-19 pandemic. This means that the three main principles for infection control, which are described on this page, must be complied with both on and off the Oslo Fjord. A good collaboration between employees, guests and others who use Oslofjord must be maintained


People who can be physically present at Oslofjord

  • People who do not have symptoms of disease
  • Employees, guests, organizers, participants, volunteers, the public or others who have had a respiratory infection, as long as they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours
  • If you have had Covid-19, separate advice applies for when isolation can be lifted, stated by the health service and

People who can not be physically present at Oslofjord

  • People who are in quarantine or isolation
  • People who have symptoms of respiratory infection, even with mild symptoms

In case of illness while people are at Oslofjord

Employees, guests or others who become ill while they are present at Oslofjord must go home as soon as possible. Sick people who have to be picked up by others have to wait in a separate room or outside where there are no others. Sick people should not take public transport. Sick people should cover their mouths and noses if they cannot keep their distance from others to reduce the spread of infection. Afterwards, rooms, toilets and other areas where the patient has stayed are cleaned.

If someone in the household has symptoms

If covid-19 has been confirmed in the household, close contacts must be kept in quarantine on the advice of the health authorities.

Good hand and cough hygiene and enhanced cleaning

Good hand and cough hygiene

Hand washing with lukewarm water and liquid soap is an effective way to prevent infection. Dirt, bacteria and viruses detach from the skin during washing and are rinsed off with water. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. The actual washing process should take at least 20 seconds.

Alternatives to hand wash:

  • The virus is sensitive to alcohol, and alcohol-based disinfection (hand sanitizer) is an option if hand washing options are not available.
  • Hand disinfection is placed in places where there are no washing facilities (for example at entrances, copiers, lifts, coffee machines and at restaurants).
  • Alcohol-based disinfection is ineffective in visibly dirty hands, then hand washing with lukewarm water and liquid soap should be performed.
  • Alcohol-based disinfection is suitable for employees for outdoor services (boat rental, SUP, electric bicycles, etc.), after dirty hands have first been cleaned with wet wipes.

Performed as a minimum for employees:

  • Before you leave home and when you get home
  • When you get to work
  • When changing work assignment, workplace or department
  • After coughing / sneezing
  • After toilet visits
  • Before and after meals
  • After contact with guest
  • After contact with animals
  • By visibly dirty hands
  • Employees who prepare food must have frequent and regular hand washing

Performed as a minimum for guests and other users of Oslofjord:

  • Before leaving the suite / cabin and when returning to the suite / cabin
  • Upon arrival at the conference center, Oslofjord Arena, restaurants, sales points, resort offers such as boat rental, beach chairs, SUP, electric bicycles. etc.
  • After coughing / sneezing
  • After toilet visits
  • Before and after meals
  • After contact with animals
  • By visibly dirty hands


  • Handshake, hugging and unnecessary physical contact are to be avoided as far as possible
  • Avoid touching the face
  • Cough into the elbow or in a paper towel that is thrown away afterwards. Perform hand hygiene.

Enhanced cleaning in exposed areas:

  • Shared toilets and washbasins should be cleaned at least daily
  • Surfaces such as toilet seats and faucets on the washbasin should be cleaned 2 – 4 times per day
  • Disposable paper towels and soap should be provided, and dispose of trash should happen regularly
  • Pay extra attention to cleaning in the kitchen / dining room
  • Tables at the restaurant, cafeteria, sales point and break room must be washed between each guest, user or group
  • Door handles, stair railings, armrests, other table surfaces and frequently touched objects should be cleaned frequently

Equipment used by several people (eg copier, coffee machine, buttons in elevators, tablets, touch screens, keyboards, toys, etc.) is cleaned after use.

Reduced contact between people

You and your close contacts can get along normally. Who is “your closest” you decide for yourself, but it should not be too many and it should be the same over time!

Keep an increased distance from others than your close contacts.

  • Avoid physical contact, including handshake and hugging
  • There should be at least one meter between you. (The distance from face to face is most important. If you stand back to back, or one after the other as in a queue, there is less risk of infection. Where you sit next to each other, it should be one meter from shoulder to shoulder.)

Symptoms and infection


The symptoms are similar to those seen with colds and flu:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms: fever, sore throat and cough
  • Some people have difficulty breathing and pneumonia

Those who become ill usually first have a sore throat, cold and mild cough in addition to feeling sick and muscle pain. Some people get diarrhea, but it is not common. Impaired sense of taste and smell can also be a symptom.

The symptoms can be mild in many cases, especially with regards to children. If you are uncertain, talk to your GP.

Many Norwegians suffer from pollen allergy in the spring months, and the symptoms can be quite similar to symptoms of coronavirus, such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes and in some asthmatic problems.

Pollen allergy, on the other hand, does not cause sore throat, body aches or fever as coronavirus can.

Mode of infection

The virus is transmitted in the same way as colds and flu. Viruses can be transmitted from the airways of a sick person to another person in three ways:

  • Drop infection: When someone who is contagious coughs, sneezes, possibly talks / sings, small drops containing viruses are thrown out. The drops fall down quickly, usually within a meter, but people who are close enough can inhale the virus, or the virus comes in contact with mucous membranes in the eye, nose or mouth.
  • By direct contact. The patient has received the virus on his hands from his own saliva or respiratory secretions and transmits it by contact with others, for example by handshake. The next person carries the virus from their hands to the mucous membranes of the eye, nose or mouth.
  • By indirect contact. This happens when the virus has been transmitted to furniture, objects or contact surfaces (for example door handles, keyboards, telephones and the like) through sneezing / coughing, or by the patient having the virus on their hands and others then coming into contact with the same object / surface.