Groups of up to 100 people will now be able to gather together in Denmark, after the country on Wednesday brought in a scheduled relaxation to its assembly ban.
The new limit opens up the possibility of bigger concerts, small conferences and other cultural events, and means that life in Denmark is now considerably less restricted than in neighbouring Sweden where a maximum gathering of 50 people remains in place.
Lars Østergaard, professor of clinical medicine at Aarhus University, told Ritzau that the bigger the gatherings allowed, the more important it was for people to maintain the one-metre distance rule.
“The virus is still spreading, and the vast majority of the population is susceptible to the virus,” he said. “The more people gather, the more important it is to keep a good distance and good hand hygiene.”
The latest relaxation comes after the limit was raised to 50 people on June 8th. On August 8th, the limit will be raised further to 200 people.
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However, Horesta, which represents Denmark's hotel and restaurant industry, said that the relaxation was still not enough to enable conferences to restart, as few hotels had conference rooms large enough to host 100 people while allowing them to keep one metre's distance.
Christina Petterson, a hotel manager, told TV2 that hotels were eagerly awaiting the abolition of the one-metre rule.
“We hope very much that the distance requirement will also be eased as soon as possible, and that we will have a date very soon so that we can prepare for our autumn season,” she said.
“Our whole existence is based around meetings and conferences, and if we don't have them, the summer season is just a drop in the ocean.”