Now you lose sick pay with Swedish shopping – the government changes the rules

Torbjørn Røe IsaksenMinister of Labour and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Conservative Party).Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

People who break the authorities’ travel advice and receive a quarantine order upon returning to Norway shall be denied sick pay. It was approved by the government on Friday.

“It is unreasonable that people who knowingly break the travel advice from the authorities should receive sick pay while in quarantine. We are therefore changing the rules so that in this situation you can be denied sick pay,” Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said in a press release.

The change was approved by the Ministry on Friday.

Several have reacted after NRK on Wednesday wrote that over 2,000 people have been quarantined after Easter shopping in Sweden. Crossing the border triggers the 14-day quarantine, which traders were probably aware of.

“Everyone has to contribute. This is a clear signal to those who are considering this. They cannot expect to be sitting at home on full pay at the state’s expense when they knowingly and willingly have broken travel advice,” says the minister.

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