Halden believes that the quarantine in Norway hits residents with private and business interests in Sweden very hard and asks for exceptions. The Minister of Health says no.
According to Halden Arbeiderblad, the director of municipalities in Halden municipality, Roar Vevelstad, has asked the Directorate of Health to assess whether residents of border municipalities can be exempted from Coronavirus quarantine regulations when visiting the neighboring country.
As it is now, all Norwegians who come to Norway from abroad must be quarantined for ten days upon their return, and the government has so far announced that this applies until August 20 – all summer holidays.
– “We request that the restrictions imposed be milder on the residents of Halden, perhaps also for other residents in border municipalities in general, so that our residents who have interests and assets in Sweden, which are an important part of their daily lives, can cross the border without this causing a quarantine. when returning to Norway,” says the municipal director.
Health Minister Bent Høie (H) is unwavering and makes no exceptions, not even for Halden.
– “The exception that exists today is for those who are cross-border commuters. But we will not make exceptions to the current rules for traveling to Sweden for shopping,” says Høie to NRK.
The government can make changes and is considering looking at travel in the Nordic region on June 15.
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