Government refuses to lift quarantine obligation for Norwegian cabin owners in Sweden

Cabin - cottagePhoto: Berit Roald / SCANPIX
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More than 12,000 Norwegians with a cabin in Sweden will have to stay in their home country for the time being, despite the advice of several expert teams.

Both the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) believe that cabin owners don’t have to go into quarantine, according to a recommendation that newspaper Aftenposten had access to.

However, the prerequisite would be for them not to have contact with others during their stay in Sweden.

“It’s provoking to hear that everyone can travel to their cabins now. We can’t. We believe it is safe to travel in your own car to your own cabin,” Einar Rudaa, one of the 12,416 Norwegians who have a holiday home in Sweden, told Aftenposten.

Lasting circumstances

The Norwegian Directorate of Health and the FHI believe their position is justified, as it seems the pandemic will last for some time.

“It has been over half a year. There may be situations where you have necessary errands to do on your own property,” health director Bjørn Guldvog told Aftenposten.

Today, it is allowed to travel across the border to perform necessary maintenance.

If you stay overnight, the obligation of ten days quarantine in Norway activates.

State Secretary Inger Klippen (H) in the Ministry of Health believes that the government has shown understanding to cabin owners.

“We understand that many experience the fact that they have to be quarantined after visiting their cabin in Sweden as unfair,” she wrote.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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