Aalborg bans bathing at harbour pool after rat discovery

A rat infestation at the harbour swimming area in Aalborg has forced authorities in the northern Danish city to close the seawater pool.

Aalborg bans bathing at harbour pool after rat discovery
Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

People enjoying summer sun in Aalborg are not alone in wanting to take a dip in the seawater pool at the city’s harbour.

The municipality in the northern city has been forced to temporarily close the Aalborg Havnebad seawater pool after finding one or more rats in the area, local media TV2 Nord reports.

Aalborg Municipality has closed the area until further notice while it banishes the unwanted guests.

The harbour pool will be closed on Friday and during the weekend, and the closure may be extended dependent on the extent of the infestation, according to the report.

The Danish Patient Safety Authority recommended to the municipality that the pool be closed, TV2 Nord writes.

One rat was discovered inside a staircase that forms part of the platform but it is currently uncertain whether there are more.

A pest control technician working inside the staircase platform. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

“We began to suspect rats because we could see one had been rummaging in the steps,” Aalborg Havnebad manager Kaj Bjerregaard Jensen told TV2 Nord.

Jensen said he regretted the problem, given the popularity of the facility during the good spell of weather.

He added that the temperature could be a factor in the presence of uninvited four-legged sunbathers.

“Maybe the rats also wanted to take a dip in this warm weather,” he said.

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Danish cup final stopped after fans break virus rules

The Danish Cup final was interrupted for almost a quarter of an hour because fans refused to comply with the social distancing rules inside the stadium, police said.

Danish cup final stopped after fans break virus rules
Fans of Aalborg during the match at the Blue Water Arena in Esbjerg. Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix
The two finalists, Aalborg (AaB) and SonderjyskE, were each allocated 750 tickets for the match in Esbjerg on Wednesday evening.
During the first half, “the referee had to suspend the match for up to 15 minutes, when the AaB fans refused to stay in the designated seats and huddled together in violation of the Covid rules,” Sydjylland police said on Twitter.
Pictures show members of the Aalborg staff unsuccessfully encouraging their supporters to return to their designated seats.
Between 40 and 50 of the fans were expelled from the ground and put on a bus and sent back to Aalborg with a police escort.
The match resumed after 14 minutes and ended in a 2-0 victory for SonderjyskE, who won the competition for the first time.
The police also tweeted that they arrested some fans for letting off flares.
The increased crowd for the match represented a loosening of Denmark's earlier coronavirus rules limiting attendance at a football match to 500 with a minimum distance between them of two metres.
On Tuesday, the Danish government said it would allow 500 fans into each  section of the stadium and that would have to keep one metre apart.
In Copenhagen, up to 10,500 fans will be able into Parken, Denmark's largest stadium which can hold 38,000, FC Copenhagen club communications manager Jes Mortensen told AFP on Tuesday.