“I'm exceptionally happy that the political parties in parliament have this evening agreed to expand the first phase of the reopening a little,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen wrote in a post on Facebook.
“No one wants to keep Denmark closed a single day more than is absolutely necessary, but we must not proceed any faster than we can continue to keep the epidemic under control.”
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, wrote on Twitter that the accelerated opening was good news.
“After a long evening of negotiations, many can now return to work, and a more normal day-to-day life,” he wrote on Twitter.
Morten Østergaard, leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party, said he was disappointed that the deal did not include Denmark's Folk High Schools and 'efterskole', or “After Schools”, voluntary independent residential schools for young people between the age of 14 to 18.
“I must not hide the fact that I had hoped that it was possible to reopen after-school and colleges. I know there are many young people who would like to return,” he said.
In the press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office last night, the government said that political parties would from next week begin negotiations on the second phase of the reopening, which could include restaurants, bars and ordinary workplaces.
“The goal is to clarify when further restrictions can be lifted and under what conditions. All measures will be assessed on their impact on public health and on society and the economy,” the release reads.
According to DR, the professions which can resume work include:
The public institutions which will open include:
Prisons (for newly sentenced)