How Denmark’s face mask requirement will work at universities

How Denmark’s face mask requirement will work at universities
Copenhagen Business School. File photo: Mathias Bojesen/Ritzau Scanpix
Face masks will become mandatory at all indoor public places in Denmark from Thursday October 29th. Universities and other adult educational institutes are affected by the rule.

The extension of face mask requirements to all indoor public places in Denmark was announced by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Friday, as the country continues to see escalating numbers of new Covid-19 infections.

The face mask requirement will come into effect from October 29th and remain in place until January 2nd 2021.

Sunday saw Denmark register another record number of new cases of Covid-19, with 945 cases from 57,902 tests in a 24-hour period. It should be noted that the number of tests is higher than that regularly seen in recent weeks.

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At universities, the face mask rules will mean that students must wear the protective coverings while moving between different parts of university facilities, such as between classes. They will also have to wear them in canteens, corridors and all common areas.

The mandate will not apply when students are in classes or other teaching environments such as workshops, seminars, clinics or laboratories, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science said in a statement.

Teaching staff who teach more than two classes or groups in the course of a day must wear a face mask or visor.

Denmark has also reduced the maximum number of people who are allowed to assemble from 50 to 10. That restriction comes into force on Monday October 26th and remains in place until January 2nd, but does not apply to classrooms or examinations, according to the ministry.

However, the government has requested the cancellation of study trips and other events which have a primarily social purpose.


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