Copenhagen police extend ban on Christiania

Copenhagen police extend ban on Christiania
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A police ban preventing public use of parts of Christiania has been extended again and is now in place until February 3rd, Copenhagen Police said in a statement.

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, and has already been extended twice.

Police said that the measure remained necessary in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections.

The ban 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.

In the statement, police state that “there are still many people around the area”.

“Police assessment is that there is a high risk that many of them will again gather at Pusher Street and Green Light District in a manner and number that is contrary to current (Covid-19) restrictions as well as general health authority recommendations”, should the ban be lifted.

Copenhagen Police will have an “increased visible presence” in and around Christiania, particularly during the times when the ban applies, according to the statement.

The Local is aware of concerns raised by people who live near to Christiania that the area has become less safe in recent weeks. The concerns are based on confirmed reports of trespassing, theft and harassment.

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

Walking, running and walking of dogs in the affected area is allowed, but no further public use is permitted.

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

 


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