Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway, was ordered to pay 20,000 kroner ($2,350) after breaking the coronavirus restrictions that her own government implemented when she organized a family gathering to celebrate her 60th birthday.
In a press release, southeast district police chief Ole Saeverud said that such circumstances would not normally trigger a penalty, police believe that it should be the Norwegian leader should be held to a higher standard.
Police said that it should have been Solberg’s duty to set an example in adhering to the government’s COVID-19 restrictions as the prime minister of Norway.
“Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of the law,” said Saeverud, justifying the fine issued against Norway’s premier.
In a statement last month, Solberg has admitted that she broke the country’s national health guidelines for organizing a family gathering to celebrate her birthday with 13 relatives at a mountain resort in late February.
Her move earned criticisms from the public since the event she organized has been attended by more people despite the government’s order that events must now be attended by more than 10 people.
Solberg admitted and apologized for holding such an event.
“Solberg is the nation’s leading elected representative and has on a number of occasions fronted the government’s decisions on measures to counter the pandemic,” Saeverud said in the news briefing. “
“It is therefore considered appropriate to respond with a penalty in order to maintain the public’s confidence in infection control rules.”
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