How are Denmark’s coronavirus rules changing this week?

How are Denmark's coronavirus rules changing this week?
A discarded face mask by the road between Ringsted and Roskilde. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
From today, Monday June 14th, people in Denmark no longer need to wear face masks in restaurants, bars, and museums, at concerts, cinemas, or almost anywhere else.

The only situation in a public place where it remains compulsory to wear a face mask is when standing on public transport.  Passengers no longer need to wear a mask when seated, at train stations or on rail platforms or bus stops. 

Talking to Denmark’s Ritzau newswire on Monday, Kasper Karmark Iversen, the chief doctor at Herlev-Gentofte Hospital, said that with infectious rates and hospitalisations falling despite the restrictions lifted over the past month, he was not concerned about the decision to drop the mask requirement. 

“We can not see the effect of the reopening so far, but these figures mean that I am not worried about what will happen – not even after the further reopening,” he said. 

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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

Other restrictions lifted on Monday include: 

  • the need to show a valid coronavirus passport to enter public libraries, when doing activities linked to voluntary organisations or clubs, at evening classes, or for when taking classes under the Folkeuniversitetet adult education system. 
  • the special time table that was in place at kindergartens, primary schools, after-school clubs, and centres for youth and adult education  
  • the special hygiene and distancing routines imposed on schools from April last year, including 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.

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