Handling of coronavirus in Ny-Ålesund
Kings Bay A/S follow the situation closely and adhere to the guidelines of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health: General advice to the public.
The need for new measures is assessed on an ongoing basis. In the meantime Ny-Ålesund will operate as normal.
When arriving from abroad you are subject to 10 days quarantine in Norway before they can continue to Svalbard. Due to covid-19 there is an extra cost of 210 NOK per head per day. This to cover the costs of the extra employees Kings Bay hired to be able to manage the increased cleaning of sanitary rooms, touch surfaces where people stay and the mess.
We live quite isolated up here in Ny-Ålesund and the risk of infection occur when new people arrive in town. We therefore expect new arrivals to pay special attention for the first 5 days and adhere to the general rules including 1-meter distance and good hand hygiene. When flu/cold or covid-19 symptoms occur, one must be quarantined, and then tested.
During the first five days after arrival you will be placed at a separate table during meals and you can not use the gym and sauna in this periode.
Ny-Ålesund is a centre for international arctic scientific research and environmental monitoring.
Kings Bay AS' vision is to support "the best interests of Arctic research and environmental monitoring" and the company's main task is to be a facilitator for Ny-Ålesund.
Kings Bay's role as a facilitator is primarily as the supplier of infrastructure services, but the company also offer other services that contribute to greater research coordination and collaboration. Kings Bay plays a central role in ensuring good information flow between actors in Ny-Ålesund and in relation to the world at large. Kings Bay also builds networks to expand and maintain contact with similar Arctic research stations and research communities.