Denmark extends Covid-19 ban on prolonged visits to Copenhagen enclave

Denmark extends Covid-19 ban on prolonged visits to Copenhagen enclave
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A police ban preventing public use of the Christiania area is to be extended until January 27th.

The ban, a so-called opholdsforbud, allows the public only to pass through, but not stop in the area. It was introduced earlier this month as a measure to reduce Covid-19 infections.

It applies in the ‘Pusher Street' and ‘Green Light District' of Christiania, an alternative enclave in the Danish capital. In more normal times, the area is known for features including the market stands on Pusher Street, from where cannabis is sometimes illicitly traded and clamped down on by police.

Under the ban, presence in the affected is banned between 10am and midnight.

Walking, running and walking of dogs in the affected area is allowed, but not further public use is permitted.

Failure to comply with the ban can result in a fine of 2,500 kroner.

“Police have noted that there are many people around the area daily,” Copenhagen Police said in a statement.

“It is believed that there is a large risk that many of them will gather in Pusher Street and Green Light District in such a way and in such numbers that would be in breach of current restrictions along with the general recommendations of health authorities, should the ban be lifted,” the statement read.

Residents in Christiania recently decided to close off the entrance to the neighbourhood with a fence due to concerns the cannabis trade, which is usually conducted in the areas affected by the ban, would spread to nearby areas.

Denmark’s current national restrictions ban assembly of more than 5 people in public places.

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