Measures against Covid 19 in Longyearbyen

Due to the fact that several cases of Covid-19 have now been registered in Longyearbyen, the chief infection control doctor recommends several measures. Longyearbyen lokalstyre will also hand out free self-tests.

Published 11/11/2021

Both residents and visitors are infected. The situation was discussed in a meeting of the emergency preparedness council for Svalbard on Thursday. The members of the emergency preparedness council agree that there is currently no need to impose strict measures.

- We encourage people to keep their distance and use hand alcohol, stay at home if you are ill and test yourself if you have symptoms of infection, says chief infection control doctor Knut Selmer at Longyearbyen hospital.

- We recommend people to use face masks in stores if it is not possible to keep their distance, he says.

Longyearbyen lokalstyre will establish a distribution station for self-tests near Næringsbygget.

As soon as the distribution station is in operation, free self-tests will be distributed to priority groups in Longyearbyen, primarily people with symptoms of illness, unvaccinated close contacts and kindergarten children, schoolchildren and students.

Information on the location and opening hours of the distribution station will be posted as soon as this is ready.

- We support the advice of the chief infection control doctor. We are following the situation closely in and have contact with the chief infection control doctor and Longyearbyen lokalstyre, as well as central health authorities, says Governor Lars Fause.