The Norwegian government is preparing to tighten the rules for foreign workers, according to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
According to NRK’s information, a requirement for testing for coronavirus every three days will be imposed, among other measures.
The so-called leisure quarantine will also likely be removed (i.e. that you can go to work but must stay at home in your free time).
The changes could have major consequences for the industry, and according to NRK, several companies may have to close.
On Monday, Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) met with LO and NHO on the issue.
Høie: Need for discussion
So far, foreign workers have been released from the ten-day quarantine obligation in order to keep the wheels of the industry running.
But this exception entails an increased risk of imported infection, Høie explained.
He believes that this risk must be taken into account to a greater extent when the infection development in Europe is as negative as it is now.
“We are looking at it now… The biggest challenge is that the infection situation changes so dramatically.
“Therefore, the government is considering tightening up the scheme… We need to discuss this with the employer and employee side,” Høie told news bureau NTB.
Furthermore, the government will present its new national corona measures today at 4:00 PM.
Oslo will also announce stricter measures on Monday.
Erna Solberg (H), Bent Høie (H), Guri Melby (V), and Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) will be present at the government’s press conference, as well as Norwegian Directorate of Health chief Bjørn Guldvog and National Institute of Public Health director Camilla Stoltenberg.
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