Norwegian police said on Friday that they fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for violating evacuation rules because she organized a family gathering to celebrate her birthday.
Police Chief Ole Saeverud (Ole Saeverud) said at a press conference that the fine was $2,352.
The prime minister is serving her second term. She organized a 60th birthday celebration for 13 family members in a mountain resort in late February. Although the government banned gatherings of more than 10 people, she apologized last month.
Saverud explained: “In most cases, the police will not impose such punishment, but this is about the prime minister. Although everyone’s laws are the same, we are not equal before the law.”
Saverud said: “Therefore, it is correct to punish the public for trust in the rules of physical alienation.”
Solberg and her husband Sind Finnis jointly decided to organize a celebration and chose a restaurant. Finnis was responsible for the actual details.
The husband also violated the law, but was not punished, nor was the restaurant owner.
Savelud said: “Solberg is the head of state, she led the government to take measures to limit the spread of the virus.”
National regulations in February limit private gatherings in restaurants to a maximum of 10 people.
Solberg pursues a strict restriction policy. Since the pandemic, Norway, a country with a population of 5.3 million, has one of the lowest rates of covid-19 infection and mortality. There are approximately 83,000 infected people and 643 cases related to the coronavirus. Virus-related deaths.