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.
The government tightens the rules for entry to Svalbard. A negative result on the corona test taken within 24 hours before departure is required. The test must be completed on the mainland. All travel to Svalbard that is not considered as strictly necessary is discouraged.
It is important that everyone who is going to travel to Ny-Ålesund makes an assessement of their own health situation and thinks about the possible consequences of beconing ill and in isolation. Those over the age of 65 and those with additional disease will have a greater risk of a serious course of the disease. If a person is vaccinated, the risk of a serious course of the disease can significantly reduced.
A possible evacuation to the mainland will not be carried out until you become seriosly ill. This can lead to a demanding course of illness in isolation in Ny-Ålesund, with only one nurse available.
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 130 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.
The goverment has introduced new national guidelines applicable to the whole country. The measures apply until futher notice, and a new assessment will be made by 16. April. Local measures that have alredy been introduced will continue, changes that will affect us are:
-Keep 1 meters distance, exceptions are your close contacts/cohort.
-In the lokal store, Kongsfjordbutikken, keep 1 meters distance.
-For the first 5 days after arrival, it is very important that the individual takes responsibility for complying with these rules. Be it in the dining room, the shop, at work and in your free time.
-For the newcomers: The first 5 days, the meal for you will be 10 minutes after the set time for the various meals. This is so that one can maintain 1 meters distance.
-After 5 days everyone can now use the gym and sauna, with covid restrikctions as before.
During the first five days after arrival you will be placed at a separate table during meals.
If the covid-19 test is positive the person(s) will be put in isolation and contact tracing will start in close dialog with the infection control doctor in Longyearbyen.
The Kings Bay nurse will observe and follow up the person(s) in isolation, and in cooperation and dialog with medical personnel in Longyearbyen continuously assess the person(s) medical condition.