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IN DETAIL: How Denmark’s Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted between now and October

Starting with an extra hour of drinking time on Friday night, Denmark's remaining Covid-19 restrictions are to slowly vanish over the next four months.

IN DETAIL: How Denmark's Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted between now and October
A bag of discarded face masks. On September 1st, they'll be gone for good. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Denmark’s government agreed what might be its final reopening deal with all but one of the parliament’s political parties (the New Right Party was not involved).

Here’s what the timetable looks like:

June 11th:

From this Friday, the regulations on nightlife will change to give everyone an extra hour in pubs, with the sales of alcohol now allowed at midnight, rather than 11pm.  The new 12pm limit for alcohol sales will also apply to supermarkets and other shops which sell alcohol. 

On Friday, the maximum number of people allowed to partake in indoor gatherings also increases to 100. 

June 12th:

The number of spectators allowed at Parken football stadium has been increased from 15,900 to 25,000, but the Danish Football Association told the TV2 broadcaster that it was not ready to host 25,000 fans when Denmark plays Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

June 14th:

From Monday morning, face masks will no longer be required apart from when standing on public transport, and when entering or leaving carriages or buses. 

From June 14th, there will also no longer be a requirement to wear a face mask in taxis, at stations, or on train platforms. 

However, at a press conference on Thursday, the director of the Danish Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm said that masks were still recommended for anyone who: 

  • enters the public sphere when they are ill 
  • has coronavirus symptoms
  • knows they are infected with coronavirus
  • has been in close contact with an infected person
  • is in self-isolation and need to see a doctor or get tested

A coronavirus passport will no longer be required to enter public libraries, when doing activities linked to voluntary organisations or clubs, at evening classes, or for those taking classes under the Folkeuniversitetet adult education system. 

Kindergartens, primary schools, after-school clubs, and centres for youth and adult education will be allowed to return to a normal timetable. 

Schools and kindergratens may also be able to do away with many of the hygiene and distancing routines they have followed since April last year. Although the details have yet to be published by Denmark’s education ministry, some of the precautions likely to be dropped include:

  • the need for parents to wear face masks when they drop off or pick up their children at school or kindergarten
  • the ban on parents entering the main rooms in kindergartens
  • the ban on children playing with other children from different divisions of a kindergarten
  • the extra cleaning and disinfection of toys brought in last April 

Staff at kindergartens and primary schools who wish to wear a protective visor will continue to have the right to do so, Denmark’s ministry of education said in a press release on Friday.

July 1st

In three weeks’ time, restaurants where customers “essentially sit down” will no longer need to be able to provide two square metres of space per customer or ensure a two-metre gap between each different party of customers. 

The maximum number of people allowed to partake in indoor gatherings will also increase to 250. 

July 15th:

From the middle of July, bars and restaurants will be able to stay open until 2am. Restrictions on the sale of alcohol will also be relaxed further. 

August 1st.

From the start of August, a valid coronavirus pass will no longer be needed for: 

  • events with fewer than 2,000 spectators
  • casinos, theatres, and cinemas with fewer than 500 spectators. 
  • museums
  • amusement parks
  • zoos
  • ondoor sports activities
  • markets
  • fairs and animal shows
  • conferences and business meetings 
  • outdoor sports events, including football matches 

A coronavirus pass will still be needed to attend gyms and fitness centres, however, but the guidelines may be changed so that gym operators only have to make daily spot checks on customers, rather than check every single visitor. 

According to a press release issued on Friday June 11th by Denmark’s education ministry, the requirement to have a valid coronavirus test to attend classes at youth and adult education centres, and at “efterskole” — the unique voluntary boarding schools where Danish young men and women can study predominantly cultural subjects. 

As every efterskole is residential, however, it will still be strong encouraged to get tested. 

September 1st:

From September 1st, nightclubs and discos will be able reopen for those carrying a valid coronavirus pass, with some of them opening their doors for the first time since March 2020. 

Visitors to gyms and fitness centres will no longer need to show a valid coronavirus pass. 

It will no longer be required to wear a face mask even when standing on public transport, or when entering or leaving carriages or buses. 

Employees at kindergartens will no longer be recommended to get tested regularly, apart from those who have not been vaccinated. 

October 1st:

By October 1st, the recommendation to get tested will no longer apply to primary and secondary schools, and a coronavirus pass will no longer be required anywhere in Denmark, even for nightclubs and discos, meaning the last remaining coronavirus restriction will be lifted.

Member comments

  1. What about international restrictions? How can the country still be closed to visitors and full on parties are allowed?

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”