Based on the critical situation that has arisen due to the corona virus as well as recommendations from national health authorities, Oslofjord Convention Center has decided to temporarily scale down the business. This will happen with immediate effect and for a period of time.
“We want to contribute reducing infection and of course follow the recommendations and advice from the national health authorities. The government has introduced the most stringent measures Norway has ever seen in peacetime and this will obviously have a significant impact on our company. We have been in dialogue with all our customers. Many of the events are postponed, a few are cancelled” says Stian Fuglset CEO of Oslofjord Convention Center.
He states that there will therefore be no events at Oslofjord in March and April.
“The only thing to do for us is therefore to scale down our business temporarily” says Fuglset.
Fuglset further states that a temporary downscaling will affect large parts of the business and after a dialogue with the main safety representative, it has been concluded that approximately 90 employees must be laid off temporarily.
“Since a period of time we have put a lot of effort working for great growth and put together a real winning team in Oslofjord. It’s a difficult message to communicate to our employees and even harder for those who receive notice of temporary layoff” says Fuglset.
“Those of our employees who are not laid off are the ones who safeguard material values and security in the area, and those who conduct sales and marketing activities ensure further operational basis” Fuglset elaborates.
Furthermore, Fuglset says that they look forward to opening the doors again as soon as the Norwegian health authorities allow it. The company will then continue its work with the expansionary growth plan for the years ahead.
“There is nothing else I look more forward to than kick-starting the event business and offer the best experiences in Northern Europe’s largest event and conference venue. We will gather our team and continue to grow” says Fuglset.
Fuglset says they are continually monitoring the situation and will discuss when to start running events with the customers again, as soon as the health authorities give their go.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact us.