Norway to crack down on house parties that break coronavirus rules

Norway to crack down on house parties that break coronavirus rules
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Police in Norway are to take a strict approach to private gatherings which break rules in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Justice minister Monica Mæland said at a press briefing this week that police would strictly enforce rules on private gatherings.

Mæland reiterated previous comments in which she said police would take a stricter approach to both private parties and gatherings in public spaces if they disturbed public order and broke rules in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“A lot of people have made big sacrifices in this situation and we must endure that we have low infection trends and that we have control,” she said while adding that law enforcement must nevertheless not become a ‘corona police’, newspaper VG reported.

Norwegian Directorate of Health guidelines currently state that private gatherings must consist of no more than 20 people, while organised events at public locations may not involve over 200 people. A social distance of one metre to others must be maintained.

The guidelines do not currently have a set expiry date.

400 temporary police jobs created in March are to be retained for the rest of this year, Mæland also confirmed.

“There’s no doubt that the new situation will result in new and stricter expectations of police,” she said, adding that “we must ensure the police have the resources to do their job”.

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