Which Covid-19 restrictions will stay in place in Denmark beyond March 1st?

Which Covid-19 restrictions will stay in place in Denmark beyond March 1st?
Denmark has announced that some of the current national Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from Monday, March 1st. Several others will remain in place.

A partial lifting of the national coronavirus lockdown in Denmark will allow some school classes to return and certain shops to reopen from March 1st.

There is also some easing of rules allowing groups of up to 25 to take part in outdoor sports activities, and outdoor cultural facilities can allow in people with recent negative Covid-19 tests.

Details of the new rules were released via a justice ministry statement and government briefing.

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Schools in other regions of the country may be allowed to reopen on March 15th, subject to a review of infection trends, the government said. All other restrictions have been extended until at least April 5th, meanwhile.

These include:

Assembly limit of five people

Under current rules, no more than five people are allowed to gather in public places. That rule stays in place with a couple of exceptions. Up to 25 people are allowed to gather for outdoor sports or other association activities under the auspices of an organisation.

One area of the country, Baltic Sea island Bornholm, will also see the general assembly restriction raised from 5 to 10 people.

The hospitality sector

Restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs and similar businesses within the hospitality sector will remain restricted under the rules which currently apply: they are allowed to sell takeaway but are otherwise closed.

Hair salons, gyms and other services to remain closed

The sector referred to in Denmark as liberale erhverv (liberal businesses) will, unlike shops, be required to stay closed in March. This type of customer-facing business includes hair salons, gyms, massage parlours and cosmetic clinics.

Remaining school classes

Final-year students at elementary and upper secondary schools in specified regions (North Jutland and West Jutland, as well as Bornholm where a general opening has been permitted) now join younger children in grades 0-4 in returning to class.

But school pupils in grades 5-9 will still be required to study from home, as will university and higher education students and students in youth education who are not in their final year.

Shopping malls

Shops in malls and other shopping centres are not allowed to reopen under the new rules. Stores with an area of more than 5,000 square metres can open by appointment with a limited amount of customers.

Indoor sports and culture facilities

All indoor sports and culture facilities will stay closed in March. This means no imminent return for cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, gyms or sports halls.

Face mask requirements 

Face masks are currently required in all indoor public places, including on public transport and in supermarkets and other stores. No change to these rules was announced on Wednesday.


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