Danish police to issue first fines for breaking meeting ban

Danish police to issue first fines for breaking meeting ban
Anders Frandsen from the National Police of Denmark, said that the police hoped to issue fines to those involved in the gatherings. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
Danish police already expect to charge 65 different groups of people for violating the country's ban on events involving ten people or more, a senior officer said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Taken together, there are 65 occasions as a result of which we can expect charges to be brought,” Anders Frandsen from the National Police of Denmark, said at the government's daily coronavirus press conference
 
“This is not a high number, but it is 65 too many. It's serious if we want to break the chain of infections. So keep following the authorities' recommendations. We are going to continue issuing fines when they are called for.” 
 
Denmark on March 17 banned all gatherings of ten people or more as it intensified its lockdown in the hope of lessening the spread of the virus. 
 
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At the time of the announcement Thorkild Fogde, Denmark's police chief, said he would send additional police officers out on patrol to enforce the new regulations. 
 
“Police will not enter private homes, and you will not be facing a huge mass of fines for breaking the ban on assemblies of over 10 people, but we will insist the new rules are complied with,” he said. “We will be ready to censor restaurants and cafés.”
 
At the same press conference, Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Agency, said the authorities could use data from the Danish travel ticketing app Rejsekort to make sure they are not travelling unnecessarily. 
 
He said the government was also considering imposing a regional travel ban during the Easter holidays to stop people criss-crossing the country to visit relatives. “It is certainly in the toolbox,” he said . 
 
 
 
 

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