The Governor of Svalbard has decided to lift the ban on residence in the Lia area that was imposed on 22 December last year.

This means that the affected residents now have full access to their homes, and that residence in the area is no longer prohibited.

The Governor’s decision is based on avalanche expert assessments.

For the record, The Governor informs that a new residence ban will be considered imposed for the same area as soon as the snow covers the ground this coming autumn. Unless avalanche protection measures are taken for the buildings in question, the ban on residence will be maintained as long as the ground is covered by snow.