Coronavirus: New restrictions expected in Copenhagen area

Coronavirus: New restrictions expected in Copenhagen area
Copenhagen's Christmas tree lights were switched on on November 29th. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix
New restrictions are expected to be announced in 17 municipalities in the Copenhagen area, with authorities concerned about higher local Covid-19 infection rates.

Parliamentary party representatives were advised on Monday morning about possible incoming local restrictions around Copenhagen, according to news wire Ritzau’s sources.

The nature of the restrictions is unknown at the current time, as is the date on which they would come into force.

Denmark currently has national measures in place including assembly limits, restrictions on selling alcohol and mandatory use of face masks at indoor public places.

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Local restrictions are also currently in place in parts of West Jutland and have previously been used in North Jutland.

Ritzau reports that several sources have said that local restriction could be applied from Monday next week until January the second, the date national restrictions are currently scheduled to expire.

No schedule is known for any government announcement of the new measures.

According to newspaper Ekstra Bladet, the restrictions could include increased home working and restrictions on leisure activities for children and youths. Broadcaster TV2 reports that higher education is likely to be asked to step up online classes, with school children required not to mix with children from other classes.

Speculation also suggests increased focus on the retail sector, which is seeing an increase in activity as Christmas approaches. A limit on the number of people in stores and extended opening times are two levers available to authorities.

The 17 local areas in question are the central Copenhagen and Frederiksberg municipalities along with Tårnby, Brøndby, Hvidovre, Vallensbæk, Gladsaxe, Rødovre, Herlev, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Ishøj, Gentofte, Ballerup, Høje-Taastrup, Dragør, Glostrup and Albertslund.

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  1. Is Queen Margrethe keeping Christmas on Jutland to show support to the people of Jutland? To reassure them of I don’t know what, it’s not safe.
    It’s certainly not safe for Her Majesty or Prince Joachim and family.
    I get that people are reassured when the Queen is seen to be well, and wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t safe but…
    I’m just worried about HM.
    The Queen is 80. Just like my mother, she should be staying put, just this once, and listening to the experts.
    The Danes and her family will be fine if they miss a big show or two this season.

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