Norwegian have to prepare for corona measures during Christmas, Health Minister warns

Bent HøiePhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) says that the recent developments have gone in such a negative direction that Norwegians must prepare for corona measures during Christmas.

At the government’s press conference on the corona situation on Friday, Høie explained that the government wanted to avoid strict measures during Christmas when they presented the first and second round of anti-corona measures.

“But the development has now gone in such a negative direction that we must also be prepared for measures throughout Christmas,” Høie said.

He said that there are still six weeks left until Christmas and that it is still possible to see significant results from the recent measures. 

At the same time, he warned against opening up too early.

Quarantine rules must prevent new outbreaks

“It is also important that we do not open up too soon, to avoid losing control. That is something we must consider when we see the results of the measures,” Høie said.

Recently, stricter rules have been introduced for entry quarantine for people coming to Norway from countries with high infection pressure. 

Any Christmas guests from abroad must be quarantined for ten days.

Høie notes that these measures will prevent new outbreaks when Christmas guests from abroad come home to visit their families.

Students must follow quarantine rules

Prime Minister Erna Solberg emphasized that the rules are strict. 

So strict that her own children will not escape them.

“We have strict quarantine rules. That means that all of us mothers who have children studying abroad must make sure that our children are actually quarantined when they arrive,” Solberg noted.

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