The Eastern Police District has issued 270 reports for breaches of the duty to stay in quarantine hotels. Most of the cases were dropped.
Of the 270 reports, eight people have been fined NOK 20,000, the Eastern Police District informed news bureau NTB. The police district has several quarantine hotels at Gardermoen.
Investigations are still active in some of the cases, but a good part of the cases was dropped – partly because many of the reports were created without enough time for special investigations while border control activities were in progress, the police noted.
When the police are given the opportunity to investigate, it is often the case that they do not find grounds or sufficient evidence to prosecute.
In addition, the police say that several of the reports have been deficient. Confusion over which rules apply and which people are legally bound by quarantine hotel duty led the government to send out a circular on quarantine hotels.
The quarantine hotel scheme has been discontinued for people who have been traveling in the EEA and Schengen but still applies to people who have been traveling in other countries, including the United Kingdom, according to NTB.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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