Norwegian Health Minister hopes everyone can go home for Christmas but has “no guarantees”

Bent HøiePhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The government can’t guarantee that everyone can go home for Christmas, but Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) hopes it will be possible.

“None of us can give guarantees in the current situation,” the Minister of Health said at Wednesday’s coronavirus press conference.

Høie emphasized that he hopes that the measures that have now been introduced will not make it necessary to introduce rules that will prevent people from celebrating Christmas with family and friends.

He also asked people to familiarize themselves with the travel advice from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

Local travel restrictions unlikely

“They have come up with guidelines on how to behave when traveling in Norway from areas with high infection to areas with less infection,” Høie said.

Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) emphasized that it is also unlikely that local travel restrictions would be introduced.

“We do not want local rules for quarantine,” she said, and added that this type of rules had unintended consequences this spring.

“But we have a lot of local rules for a lot of other things. And you have to get acquainted with them when you travel,” she concluded.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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