Denmark to allow festivals of up to 5,000 people from start of July

Denmark to allow festivals of up to 5,000 people from start of July
Many festivals, such as Smukfest, cancelled after the government announced its reopening plans at the start of May. Photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark's government is to more than double to number of people allowed to take part in outdoor standing events, allowing music festivals of up to 5,000 people to take place.

The rules for standing events will be relaxed from July 1st, after the government yielded to appeals from the live music trade body Dansk Live, the Danish Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Danish Industry.

“It’s wonderful that it will now be possible to have more participants at the summer’s festivals, concerts and other outdoor arrangements,” the country’s culture minister, Joy Mogensen, said in a press release.

Big festivals were largely left out of the reopening plan the government agreed with the other political parties at the start of May, with a slew of festivals cancelling after the parties agreed to allow only 2,000 participants at music festivals, divided into sections of 1,000 people.

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The Confederation of Danish Industry welcomed the decision, although they pointed out that further measures were required. 

“There are still companies, such as Tivoli [a Copenhagen amusement park], that get nothing out of a relaxation of the maximum number of guests, so long as strict requirements over area and sections still apply, as they do today,” the organisation’s deputy director, Henriette Søltoft, said.

In the press release, the government stressed that festivals scheduled for after July 1st that had cancelled despite having less than 5,000 participants would still be eligible for compensation from the government.

Under the reopening plan, on August 15th, the limit for the number of participants will be raised to 10,000, with sections of 2,500, and on September 1st, the restrictions will be lifted.


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  1. and yet, me being a Uruguayan national vaccinated with Pfizer I am not allowed to enter the country even if I provide negative tests and do the 2 week quarantine. What a scam Denmark!!

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