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Norwegian municipalities introduce local quarantine-regulations

An increasing number of Norwegian municipalities have introduced local quarantine-restrictions and requirements.

An increasing number of Norwegian municipalities have introduced local restrictions.

26.03.2020

An increasing number of Norwegian municipalities have taken up the relatively wide exception that already exists in Section 4-1 of the Prevention of Infection Act, and introduced local quarantine-restrictions and requirements. Prior to the weekend, a total of 26 such local regulations were announced. Several municipalities have now implemented regulations that means that persons from other municipalities can no longer visit; without being confined to quarantine. Many of these regulations are decided from one day to the other, and may only be published on the municipality's own homepage.

Why does this matter?

A foreign business that want to send employees to a project in Norway, for instance to replace the teams that are there under a work-rotation- or shift-arrangement, have to consider (plan for) the mandatory quarantine-period of 14 days (see separate article). If the "replacement team" are quarantined in their residences in one municipality while the project site is in another municipality, then, at least theoretically, a situation can occur where the local regulations prohibit workers that have been released from the mandatory quarantine, to start working on the site without a new quarantine.

We recommend that you clarify whether the situation with accommodation in one municipality and site/workplace in another exist for your project. If so, follow-up measures, like opening a dialogue with the local infection control should be opened, to ensure that your workforce is not in scope for such a "travel ban", should it be implemented.