Hotel owners in Norway frustrated by empty quarantine rooms

Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport - quarantine hotelPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB
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Several hotel owners have to reject regular visitors because rooms are set aside for quarantined people who end up not showing up.

The hotels have to say no to guests because they are required to have rooms on standby, but most of these rooms end up unused.

In Trysil, 159 rooms are set aside for quarantine hotel guests at three hotels. At Kjølen hotel, they do not have a single guest in these rooms, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

In Innlandet county, a total of 532 hotel rooms have been set aside for quarantine – only two are in use. In Ullensaker, where Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located, a total of 2,000 rooms have been set aside, of which only around 700 are in use. 

At four hotels in Trøndelag, 450 rooms have been set aside for quarantine guests, but only 86 are in use. The situation is similar at several other hotels around the country.

County emergency manager Asbjørn Lund at the County Governor in Innlandet emphasizes that it is necessary to have rooms available. He says most hotel owners get a certain amount covered for keeping rooms on standby.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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