Police open case against Labor Party officials who violated corona rules in Bodø

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

After the annual meeting dinner in Nordland Labor Party in Bodø on Friday, Labor Party deputy chief Bjørnar Skjæran and seven others gathered in a hotel room.

“I am very sorry that I was present,” Skjæran told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The celebration in a suite at the hotel Scandic Havet was a breach of the strict corona measures introduced in Bodø on the same day. 

Among other things, the measures state that it is not permitted to arrange or participate in private gatherings where more than five guests are present at the same time.

In addition to deputy leader Skjæran, the leader of the Nordland Labor Party, Mona Nilsen, was also present. 

Øystein Mathisen and county secretary Tor Arne Bell Ljunggren also participated.

Police case

On Monday afternoon, the Nordland Police District told newspaper VG that they had opened a case against the people in question.

The current guidelines require fines of NOK 20,000 for the organizer and NOK 10,000 for each participant of such a gathering.

“The participants are being investigated for violations of the local regulations for infection control management,” Stig Morten Løkkebakken in Nordland Police District noted.

Støre: Politicians must respect the rules

Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre also commented on the incident. 

“This is a clear and unfortunate violation of regulations that everyone is required to follow. Politicians should take the lead and respect the rules,” Støre told newspaper Dagbladet.

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