Thursday, May 26

In short, Friday, January 28th

We collect the newspaper’s short articles in the column «In short». Here is today’s post.

Quarantine requirements. Swimming facility in Oslo. Here is today’s card post.

This is a debate post. Opinions in the text are at the writer’s expense.

Illegal curfew for infected people

From 26 January, quarantine requirements were relaxed. But the curfew for the infected remains, even though the ban is clearly disproportionate and illegal, given the professional authorities’ agreement that infection outdoors almost does not occur (reproduced in Dagsavisen 18 January). In my opinion, infected people with no or little symptoms (that is, the vast majority) can safely ignore the ban and ease the days by going for walks where they keep a good distance from others. If necessary, they will win in court. But why does the government not remove an illegal claim?

Erik Nord, former senior researcher at the National Institute of Public Health and professor emeritus in health economics

Oslo residents west of Tøyenbadet are also ordinary people

Agnes Nærland Viljugrein, board member of the Oslo Labor Party, accuses in Aftenposten on January 26 Mala Wang-Naveen of skipping the story of why there are so few municipal baths in Oslo.

Mala Wang-Naveen is clear that she is not concerned with apportioning historical guilt, but focusing on the current and future situation and plans.

Viljugrein ignores this. She also manages to weave in the Labor Party’s new word “ordinary people” when she accuses the previous city council of not having done her job.

I agree that the previous city council should be given credit for its lack of efforts for the city’s population in this area.

But, my question is then whether all Oslo citizens west of Tøyenbadet are not considered ordinary people?

Today’s city council does not build a single municipal swimming facility for the approx. 150,000 inhabitants west of Tøyen who do not have access to a municipal indoor swimming facility.

Can Nærland Viljugrein explain why only a small fraction of the 5.5 billion she says they will build bathrooms and sports facilities for, is not spread fairly throughout the city of Oslo?

Many ordinary children and young people live all over the city. They should not be harmed because the current city council does not find it appropriate to prioritize them because they live in the “wrong” district.

Does Nærland Viljugrein know if there are plans to build a municipal indoor swimming facility west of Tøyen? And if not, what will she do about it?

Thorbjørn Ubbe Haavind, volunteer sports leader for children and young people

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