The Norwegian government has gone forward with it plans to prohibit Norwegians from traveling to their beloved holiday cabins known as a hytte. They claim a travel ban is necessary to contain the spread of the Corona virus, and have made hytte trips punishable by fines or even prison.
Despite objections by many owners of Norway’s roughly 440,000 hytter, they can now be punished if they visit property they own outside of their own home municipality. “We’re not doing this to create trouble for folks,” Justice Minister Monica Mæland of the Conservative Party said Friday afternoon. “Everyone will be allowed to visit their hytter eventually, but right now we must do this because it’s become a problem.”
The local communities where many holiday homes are located contend that hytte visitors will put a strain on their local health care services. They also don’t want people from the cities coming up to the mountains, for example, and possibly infecting the local population.
Others complain the ban is far too invasive into Norwegians’ private lives and imposes far too much on their personal property rights. Seven of 10 local county governors supported the ban, however, and won government support.