Norway’s Health Directorate chief supports government’s curfew proposal: “We must be prepared”

Bjørn GuldvogPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Norwegian Directorate of Health wants the Norwegian parliament (Storting) to adopt the government’s curfew proposal. The government’s proposal has received harsh criticism during the consultation period.

“There may be situations that cause public health to be threatened, and it is not possible to address these situations with other measures,” Health Directorate chief Bjørn Guldvog told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The Norwegian Directorate of Health supports the proposal to make changes to the Infection Control Act. If adopted, the curfew could only be used “in extreme situations,” according to the government’s proposal. 

The consultation deadline expired on Sunday, and many have expressed their opposition to the proposal – including Vinmonopolet and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). 

The Norwegian Directorate of Health, for its part, believes that it should be adopted and used in “extreme situations.”

“The probability of such situations is very low, but we must be prepared for what is unlikely,” Guldvog said.

Minister of Justice Monica Mæland told NRK that the ministry would review all the inputs. 

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