Danish opposition wants cafés and shopping centres to open next

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Danish opposition wants cafés and shopping centres to open next
Mustafa Osman emptying in the fridge at Café New Street in central Copenhagen after Denmark's government on March 17 ruled that cafés must close. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's centre-right opposition has called for cafés, restaurants and shopping centres to reopen next, ahead of talks between Denmark's parties over the second phase of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.


"We think we should start with how we pay for our welfare state and that we should therefore start with the part of Denmark that will provide the most jobs and socio-economic benefit," Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, chairman of the Danish Liberal Party said ahead of cross-party talks on Thursday over the priorities. 
"This may mean that priority should be given to shopping centres over libraries, and restaurants over public cultural institutions -- so long as it defensible from a health perspective". 
Since Easter, Denmark's government has been steadily lifting the heavy restrictions imposed in mid March.  
On Monday, hairdressers, dentists and other professions returned to operation, a week after children returned to schools and kindergartens began 


Denmark's government has opted to share responsibility for the next phase of reopening with the country's other parties, sharing with them the advice from the Danish Health Authority, and asking for proposals from both its support parties and from the opposition. 
Ellemann-Jensen also said it was a priority to draw up measures that can help those, such as old people in care homes, who are unlikely to see restrictions lifted for some time to come. 



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