Tradition trumps safety

29.07.2020 - 13:38
Tradition trumps safety
Ólavsøka guests do not appear to value Covid-19 safety highly, says police chief
People are not respecting social distancing measures as much as they should during ólavsøka, says the chief of police

After the ólavsøka opening ceremony yesterday afternoon, police chief Michael Boolsen concluded that the public appears to value the ólavsøka tradition higher than the Covid-19 safety guidelines.

He was referring to numerous violations of the social distancing recommendations.

“Asking the public to celebrate ólavsøka differently this year is a bit like asking them to skip Christmas,” he said.

“The police are not authorised to enforce social distancing rules. All we can do is advise people to respect the guidelines.”

A busy night for the police

Police were kept busy throughout last night as people took to the streets of Tórshavn to celebrate the first day of the ólavsøka national holidays.

Officers dealt with numerous drunk people in the streets. They also broke up a few fights, but the disputes were settled in a civilised manner.

The police also frequently reminded people to maintain social distancing.


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Nýggjastu sendingar í ÚV
Nýggjastu sendingar í SV
Mikudag 5. august
Tíðindafundur og Dagur og vika
Hósdag 30. juli
Mikudag 29. juli
Upp á gólv
Mikudag 29. juli
Á ólavsøku 2:2
Mikudag 29. juli
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