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Latest news and announcements from the Danish auhorities regarding COVID-19.

You will find the content of the agreed phases and plans for a controlled reopening of the Danish society below:

Phases in the controlled reopening of the Danish society

News from the Danish Ministry of Health

Critical daily rise in the number of new confirmed COVID-19 infections in Denmark.

 

An increase in the number of people infected is seen among all age groups. An incipient spread of the disease is also seen at nursing homes and hospitals. The spread of COVID-19 across the nation is now sufficiently critical to make the health authorities recommed the introduction of a series of new temporary measures in addition to the national measures already taken to combat COVID-19.
The measures are targeted at curbing the spread of the disease among young people, in connection with large gatherings, etc. The measures will apply until at least 4 October 2020.

A total of 23 different measures are introduced and targeted at:

 

  • Gatherings
  • Restaurants and nightlife
  • Retail shops
  • Social activities and private parties
  • Workplaces and public transport
  • The health sector, the elderly care sector, institutions for people with mental disorders or special needs etc.

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Outbreak control measures (PDF)

Graphics: Geograhical spread of COVID-19 in Denmark, Number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients, Increasing infection rate in Europe, Number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (PDF in Danish)

 

For further information

Contact the press office of the Danish Ministry of Health at +45 2132 4727.

News from the Ministry of Health

The health authorities have made an overall assessment of the current coronavirus situation in Denmark focusing on local disease outbreaks, especially in municipalities in Greater Copenhagen, facing an ongoing – and in some municipalities even an increasing – spread of the disease from widespread sources of infection in particular.

 

Due to the concerns about the situation in Greater Copenhagen, and at that time also in Odense Municipality, the health authorities launched a number of special measures targeted at Odense Municipality and 17 municipalities in Greater Copenhagen on 7 September 2020 for the period ending 22 September 2020. Read 'Information about disease control in the Greater Copenhagen area and the municipality of Odense' (pdf)

 

Due to the ongoing – and in some municipalities even increasing – spread of the disease, the challenges facing nightlife and the increase in the number of people hospitalised, the health authorities have considered that there is a need for launching the following temporary measures in the 17 municipalities in Greater Copenhagen:

 

  • The opening hours of restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments with the required licences will be shortened until 10.00 pm as from 17 September 2020. This will be supplemented by intensified surveillance by the police in areas attracting large gatherings (hotspots) for the purpose of issuing bans on loitering in case of congestion and the like at the end of opening hours. The possibility for establishments to stay open from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am to sell takeaway food and drinks and to host private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other does not apply in those municipalities.

  • Guests at restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments are now required to wear a face mask or shield except when seated. This requirement applies to both guests and employees having contact with guests. The same exemptions to the requirement to wear a face mask apply as those applicable in public transport (children etc.). 

  • Restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments will be required to display signs stating the maximum number of people allowed at the premises in order to comply with the floor area requirement introduced in the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings and Banning Access to and Imposing Restrictions on Certain Premises and Locations to Control COVID-19. One of the reasons is to strengthen the possibilities of the police to enforce the Executive Order. 

  • Greater focus on compliance with the requirement of a minimum distance of one metre (from nose to nose) between guests at restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments as well as the implementation of this requirement in the sector partnership guidelines. Owners of restaurants and other establishments should contribute to a relevant extent to ensuring that guests staying outside their premises are able to keep the recommended minimum distance of one metre. 

  • Weddings, confirmations and similar special occasion days that have already been scheduled can be held if it is possible to observe the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish), but the event ought to finish by 10.00 pm at the latest.

  • Citizens are urged only to make events, parties and celebrations at private homes for close family members and friends. 

  • The scheme allowing Super League football matches attended by more than 500 people does not apply.

 

The new measures are targeted at Greater Copenhagen and apply to the following municipalities: 

 

  • Albertslund
  • Ballerup
  • Brøndby
  • Dragør
  • Frederiksberg
  • Gentofte
  • Gladsaxe
  • Glostrup
  • Herlev
  • Hvidovre
  • Høje-Taastrup
  • Ishøj
  • Copenhagen
  • Lyngby-Taarbæk
  • Rødovre
  • Tårnby
  • Vallensbæk

 

The measures apply from 17 September 2020 until at least 1 October 2020. The measures introduced on 7 September 2020 for the period until 22 September 2020 are also extended for Greater Copenhagen (the above municipalities) until 1 October 2020. The measures introduced on 17 September 2020 do not apply to Odense Municipality. 

 

It is pointed out that depending on the future coronavirus situation, it may become necessary to launch additional measures later to contain the disease.

7 September 2020

News from the Ministry of Health

 

The Danish health authorities have decided to introduce a number of new measures across the country to prevent COVID-19 from spreading any further.

 

The COVID-19 infection has now spread to 82 out of 98 municipalities. In consequence, based on a new overall assessment of the COVID-19 situation, the health authorities have decided to introduce a number of new measures across the country to prevent the disease from spreading any further.

 

The situation in the greater Copenhagen area and the municipality of Odense remains a cause for concern due to several outbreaks and an increase in the number of infected people. Accordingly, particular measures are targeted at these municipalities. to contain the disease effectively, the measures in question will apply at least until 22 September 2020.

 

Information about disease control in the greater Copenhagen area and the municipality of Odense

Everybody should pay greater attention to the COVID-19 guidelines

 

For further details

Contact the press office of the Danish Ministry of Health at +45 2132 4727.

The Government (the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet)) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre), the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti), the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti), the New Right (Nye Borgelige), the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative (Alternativet) have agreed on the following principles and initiatives.

 

The spread of coronavirus must be contained at a low level, not least to protect vulnerable groups in society as much as possible, and as a country we need to overcome the economic problems caused by the health crisis in order to restore economic growth and create new jobs.

 

The parties have agreed to maintain focus on general prevention to reduce the risk of infection (distance, handwashing, cleaning etc.) and that crucial elements of the general strategy are testing, tracking and tracing of outbreaks and self-isolation, and that infection outbreaks must be managed locally before they spread. The aim is to avoid future national lock-downs with serious economic and human consequences.

 

Based on advice from the health authorities, the parties to the agreement have agreed to postpone elements of the phase four reopening, see the Agreement on reopening plan for the Danish society, until 31 October 2020.

 

The parties to the agreement have noted the following circumstances:

 

  • Educational institutions and indoor sports and recreational facilities etc. covered by phase four according to the Agreement on reopening plan for the Danish society have already reopened.
  • According to an assessment made by the SSI (Statens Serum Institut), the epidemic curve for Denmark is showing an increasing number of local infection outbreaks.
  • On 6 August 2020, the SSI performed a qualitative risk assessment of discotheques, music venues and night life as well as large gatherings.
  • Ongoing efforts are made to optimise the impact of measures and ensure sufficient capacity for testing, tracking and tracing outbreaks and self-isolation. To this end, the Government will set up additional laboratory facilities in Western Denmark operated by Testing Centre Denmark (TestCenter Danmark) to reduce the transportation and response times when testing. It is a clear target that 80 per cent must have access to COVID-19 testing within 24 hours and that 80 per cent will receive a test response the day after the test.
  • The reproduction number differs greatly from one geographic area to another and from one population group to another and changes over time. The authorities must therefore focus on swift and targeted intervention to break chains of infection among particular population groups with high statistical prevalence at any point in time. To break chains of infection, the authorities carry out targeted information campaigns, preventive measures and risk-based spot checks in accordance with the principle of proportionality to monitor whether the recommendation of the health authorities on self-isolation is observed. If the recommendation on self-isolation is not observed, steps can be taken to isolate the persons infected by issuing directions under the applicable legislation.
  • The Government expects the use of face masks to increase across the Danish society and become more uniform, and the Government will continuously focus on the circumstance that the requirement to use face masks may constitute a financial challenge for certain population groups.
  • To clamp down on local disease outbreaks, necessary local measures must be launched, including the use of face masks, home working, and the lock-down of social activities. One of the criteria for launching local initiatives is an incidence exceeding 20 per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days. In this connection, local conditions must be taken into account.

 

The parties to the agreement moreover agree on the following:

 

  • Venues such as nightclubs and discotheques (that is, venues with few seats, a dance floor etc.) must stay closed until 31 October 2020. If a venue that used to be a nightclub etc. operated in compliance with the rules applicable in that field can alter the layout of the venue and the activities performed to comply with the rules applicable to restaurants, bars etc., the venue can open on the same conditions as the latter.
  • The opening hours permitted for restaurants, bars, cafes etc. with the required licences will be extended to 2.00 am on the condition that no new guests are allowed in after 11.00 pm.
  • The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people is extended until 31 October 2020, but the parties to the agreement will assess by the end of September 2020 whether there is a basis for an earlier easing of the ban on gatherings.
  • The ban on gatherings of more than 500 people is extended until 31 October 2020.
  • A ban is imposed on gatherings of more than 200 at outdoor burial and funeral services.
  • A number of general requirements are fixed to contain the disease, including a ban on gatherings and requirements for premises open to the public. These requirements are basically upheld. Moreover, premises used as music venues with a standing audience are currently closed. Gatherings of more than 500 people at the same location at Super League football matches have already been allowed. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and the Minister for Culture will involve the relevant sector partnerships and the parties to the agreement to identify whether it is safe from a public health perspective to include in the reopening more music venues, professional sports events and sports activities for the general public, cultural events, including theatre plays, concerts, cinemas, TV productions etc., and trade fair and exhibition venues.
  • The sector partnerships are urged to review the existing guidelines and adapt them as required.

 

In consequence of the above, some elements of the business, cultural and sports sectors will be given better opportunities to return to a more normal situation. However, a consequence of the ongoing lock-downs and bans on gatherings etc. is that other players in the business, cultural and sports sectors will become extraordinarily badly affected.

 

In light of this situation, the parties to the agreement have agreed to commence negotiations with the political ambition to improve the support offered to enterprises etc., including subcontractors, which are extraordinarily badly affected by the postponed reopening. Those affected include enterprises suffering from the following COVID-19-related restrictions:

 

  • Ban on staying open
  • Ban on gatherings (of more than 500 people)
  • Closing of borders
  • Travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

The parties to the agreement have agreed that there is a need for the payment of compensation to the enterprises affected as long as the business, cultural and sports sectors are subject to restrictions imposed by the authorities due to COVID-19.

 

However, this initiative is subject to the condition that the schemes can be approved for state aid. The actual implementation of the schemes will be negotiated by the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs with the involvement of the Ministry of Culture.

 

The parties have noted that the Government will look at the possibilities of allowing for regional differences in the travel advice and that the Government will remove the requirement that foreign tourists must stay six nights in Denmark. Accordingly, the Government will ensure an ongoing adaptation of the COVID-19 measures at the Danish borders to accommodate the needs of people travelling in the border regions.

 

The Government and the parties will meet regularly in future when necessary, including in case of a significant change in the prevalence of the disease in the Danish society.

The Government (the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet)) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre), the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti), the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti), the New Right (Nye Borgelige), the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative (Alternativet) have agreed on the following initiatives.

 

Further to the Agreement on reopening plan for the Danish society, the parties have now agreed to extend phase two under the Agreement on phase two of the controlled reopening with the following categories as from 27 May 2020:

 

  • Cultural and recreational activities
    Museums, theatres, art exhibitions, cinemas, public aquariums etc. – can open right away
    Other zoos, botanical gardens etc. – can open right away
    Outdoor amusement parks
    Summer activities for children and young people
    Full reopening of public research activities requiring physical presence
  • Adult education and training, including training for unemployed people (such as adult vocational training courses (AMU)) and Danish language schools

  • Folk high schools etc.

  • Full reopening of the radio and TV channels DR and TV2

  • Institutions of youth education (such as upper secondary schools and EUD (vocational education and training))

  • Institutions of higher education can hold oral examinations on-site as well as educational activities requiring attendance in person

  • Clubs, associations and local societies in Denmark: Night schools for adult education, schools of music and arts (subject to restrictions as regards choir singing etc.), guides and scouts and the like

  • As appears from the Agreement on reopening plan for the Danish society, the parties have agreed, due to the great differences in the spread of the novel coronavirus from region to region, that public sector employees can go back to work in person, except for public sector employees in the Capital Region and Region Zealand.

  • The parties have agreed that the directions restricting visits to and activities at institutions like nursing homes, hospices, psychiatric centres, group homes, sheltered workshops and institutions of the Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalforsorgen) will be phased out or revised as far as it is safe from a public health perspective. Specific details will be agreed by the relevant sector partnerships based on the directions from the health authorities.

This means that all activities that have been closed down so far can now open up to the extent that it is safe from a public health perspective, except for the following:

 

  • Indoor activities of sports clubs and associations not comprised by any of the existing opening-up initiatives as well as indoor sports and recreational facilities etc. The parties have agreed that these activities must be reviewed by the health authorities to enable the parties to draft a comprehensive reopening plan for the activities prior to and in connection with the transition to phase three.
  • Discotheques, music venues and night life (phase four)
  • Institutions of higher education not already reopened (phase four)

 

Guidelines on physical distance, good hygiene etc. will apply to all enterprises, organisations etc. already reopened and to those in the process of reopening. The framework of the guidelines will be prepared by the sector partnerships based on the directions from the health authorities. The guidelines are dynamic and will be adjusted on an ongoing basis as the situation evolves.

 

The parties note in this connection that amusement parks face a number of distinct health issues. This means that, in light of the most recent qualitative assessments made by the Expert Group advising the SSI (Statens Serum Institut), an assessment must be made by health professionals of the requirements that must be observed before rides can open again in a manner that is safe from a public health perspective.

 

The parties have agreed on a gradual easing of the ban on gatherings during the summer. In connection with the transition to phase three, under which the threshold of the ban on gatherings will be increased from 30 to 50, the Government will present a plan that is safe from a public health perspective for recommended guidelines for wedding celebrations, confirmation celebrations etc. The plan is anticipated to set out a gradual easing of the ban on gatherings (which can be selective and applicable only to certain events etc.) on 8 July 2020 and 8 August 2020.

 

As appears from the Agreement on phase two of the controlled reopening, the parties note that the Government is currently in dialogue with Denmark's neighbouring countries and will reconsider the temporary border control and entry restrictions as well as the strict travel advice. The parties note in this regard that the Government will present a plan for a controlled and gradual reopening of summer season tourism that is safe from a public health perspective and will clarify the situation for the tourism industry. The Government will make an announcement in this respect on or before 29 May 2020.

 

The parties also note that the Government has decided to expand the list of worthy purposes for entering Denmark with effect from Monday, 25 May 2020.

 

The expansion will apply to permanent residents of the Nordic countries and Germany, who will be allowed to enter Denmark for a number of purposes, including if they owners of summerhouses, sweethearts, fiancés, grandparents etc. Moreover, business trips to and from Denmark organised in accordance with the guidelines issued by the sector partnership will also become feasible provided that it is safe from a public health perspective.

 

The parties note that the SSI is monitoring developments in the coronavirus pandemic. The results of the ongoing monitoring performed by the SSI will be made public.

 

The parties note that if the pandemic flares up, the Government can deviate from the overall plan and implement the necessary restrictions etc.

The Government (the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet)) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre), the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti), the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti), the New Right (Nye Borgelige), the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative (Alternativet) have agreed on the following initiatives.

 

Denmark must ride out the coronavirus crisis as gently as possible. Due to the lockdown and the behaviour of the Danish population, we have managed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The reopening plan aims for a gradual resumption of activities in Denmark without putting pressure on the healthcare system.

 

As part of the agreement on phase two of the reopening, the political parties have agreed to discuss the phasing out of the temporary relief packages in tandem with a controlled reopening of the economy. The Government will call for a debate on the phasing out based on a discussion paper from an expert group.

 

The political parties agree to take the economic impact of the reopening, including the cost of the relief packages, into account in the assessment of any additional reopening in phase three.

 

The political parties note that assessments of health have been made by the Expert Group advising the SSI (Statens Serum Institut) and assessments of the broad economic impact have been made by the Economic Expert Group.

 

The political parties note that the reopening decision is based on five other elements:

 

  • An offensive testing strategy comprising the testing of both a cohort of healthcare staff and a cohort of the general population, the tracking and tracing of outbreaks of coronavirus and home isolation of people with coronavirus. A representative portion of the population will be tested at regular intervals based on a clear plan.
  • Widespread use of personal protective equipment to protect vulnerable population groups
  • The guidelines of the health authorities on physical distance
  • The guidelines of the health authorities on good hygiene
  • Prevention of super-spreading events

With the decision to implement phase two of the reopening, the mathematical models of the SSI Expert Group predict an increase in the number of people infected and hospitalised. In the run up to phase three of the reopening on 8 June 2020, the SSI Expert Group will make new model calculations based on the most up-to-date data, and new economic assessments will also be made.

 

The following initiatives will be taken if the overall increase in the number of people infected and hospitalised does not exceed the expected level and if the mathematical models of the SSI Expert Group confirm that it is safe from a public health perspective to embark on phase three of the reopening:

 

  • The ban on gatherings will be changed to 30-50 people and an announcement will be made concerning wedding celebrations, confirmation celebrations etc.

  • Cultural and other activities
    Museums, theatres, art exhibitions, cinemas, public aquariums etc.
    Outdoor amusement parks
    Other zoos, botanical gardens etc.
    Summer activities for children and young people

  • Public sector areas that are particularly prone to a backlog of cases

  • Full reopening of public research activities requiring physical presence

  • Adult training for unemployed people (such as adult vocational training courses (AMU)) and Danish language schools

  • Folk high schools etc.

  • Indoor sports and association activities (such as evening classes)

 

In consultation with the sector partnership, an assessment will be made as to what activities can be performed in a manner that is safe from a public health perspective.

 

The following initiatives will be taken into consideration if the reopening develops in a more favourable way than expected and the mathematical models indicate that there is room for a broader reopening in phase three:

 

  • Increased physical presence at public-sector workplaces
  • Full reopening of the radio and TV channels DR and TV2

The following restrictions will be maintained until phase four, starting in early August:

 

  • All remaining educational institutions
  • Discotheques, music venues and night life
  • Other indoor sports and recreational facilities etc. (such as fitness centres, water parks, amusement parks, public swimming pools)
  • The ban on events, activities etc. with more than 500 participants is extended until at least 31 August 2020.

 

Guidelines on physical distance, hygiene etc. will apply to all enterprises, organisations etc. that decide to reopen. The framework of the guidelines will be prepared by the sector partnerships based on the guidelines from the health authorities. The guidelines are dynamic and will be adjusted on an ongoing basis as the situation evolves.

 

The political parties note that the reopening is expected to result in an increase in the number of people infected and hospitalised, both in phase two and future phases.

 

The political parties want to engage in discussions prior to each transition to a new phase. The elements of the plan can be accelerated, taking the specific guidelines from the sector partnerships into account. Likewise, depending on developments, the implementation of the individual phases and the elements of the individual phases etc. can be staggered.

 

The political parties agree that the spread of the novel coronavirus currently differs from region to region and, for that reason, it will be relevant to discuss in connection with each transition to the next phase whether a differentiated reopening could be implemented for the various regions, including as regards public sector workplaces.

 

The ban on gatherings will be assessed in connection with each transition to a new phase.

 

The political parties note that the Government will implement the testing strategy in the weeks ahead and will focus on efficient tracking and tracing of outbreaks of the novel coronavirus among close contacts and home isolation of people with COVID-19.

 

The political parties note that if the pandemic flares up, the Government can deviate from the overall plan and implement the necessary restrictions etc.

The Government (the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet)) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre), the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti), the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti), the New Right (Nye Borgelige), the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative (Alternativet) have agreed on the following initiatives.

 

Phase two of the reopening

Based on the advice given by the Expert Group advising the SSI (Statens Serum Institut) and the Economic Expert Group, the political parties have agreed on phase two of the reopening of the Danish society. In the week starting 11 May 2020 (week 20), the Expert Group advising the SSI will update its calculations. If the assumptions for phase two of the reopening change in consequence of those calculations, the political parties will discuss the matter.

 

The Danish population has complied with the directions given by the authorities on social distancing, good hygiene etc. Therefore, it is now possible to continue the gradual reopening of the Danish society.

In addition, the reopening decision is based on the following five elements:

 

  • An offensive testing strategy comprising the testing of both a cohort of healthcare staff and a cohort of the general population, the tracking and tracing of outbreaks of coronavirus and home isolation of people with coronavirus. A representative portion of the population will be tested at regular intervals based on a clear plan.
  • Widespread use of personal protective equipment to protect vulnerable population groups.
  • The guidelines of the health authorities on physical distance.
  • The guidelines of the health authorities on good hygiene.
  • Prevention of super-spreading events.

Individual enterprises comprised by the phase-two reopening may find it inexpedient to open up. In that case, enterprises previously comprised by the ban and therefore closed so far may choose to stay closed, and such enterprises will continue to receive a refund under the current scheme of up to 80 per cent of their overheads. The political parties have agreed to discuss a gradual phasing out of the temporary relief packages in tandem with the controlled reopening of the Danish society. The Government will call for at debate about the phasing out based on a discussion paper from an expert group.

 

In this light, the political parties have agreed to launch the following phase-two initiatives:

 

Full reopening of the retail sector (11 May 2020)

The entire retail sector, including shopping centres, can reopen if they follow the guidelines agreed by the sector partnership: Guidelines for a careful layout of shopping-goods shops and other retail shops in light of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Restaurants and cafes will slowly come to life again (18 May 2020)

Restaurants, cafes and similar establishments can start serving food and drinks if they follow specific guidelines on opening hours, physical distancing, etc.

 

Pupils in the sixth to tenth grades back to school (18 May 2020)

Older children are allowed back to school. Local authorities and schools are given flexibility to make detailed practical plans in compliance with the health protection guidelines to be agreed by the sector partnership. This also applies to after-school clubs.

 

Classes and exams requiring physical attendance. Moreover, STU (special needs youth education), EUD (vocational education and training) and FGU (preparatory basic education) will open up (18 May 2020)

 

Private sector employees working from home

It has been accepted that a large number of private sector employees will again report for work as usual at their workplaces.

 

Professional sports matches with no audience

This reopening phase comprises the entire professional sports industry, which can open right away.

 

Borrowing from and returning items to libraries (18 May 2020)

 

Sports clubs and association activities – outdoors

Outdoor activities are now allowed if performed in a manner deemed safe from a public health perspective.

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities can reopen (18 May 2020)

The sector partnership for churches and religious communities must agree on a plan for the reopening in a manner deemed safe from a public health perspective.

 

Completion of annual education programmes at continuation schools (18 May 2020)

Detailed guidelines will be drafted together with the continuation schools and the health authorities to contain the risk of infection as much as possible. Moreover, a self-isolation plan must be prepared for how COVID-19 positive persons and possibly also their families can isolate themselves.

 

Zoo parks in which visitors move around by car can open

The sector partnership must agree on detailed guidelines.

 

Other measures

The Government will make continuous adaptations to the public sector, including the armed forces, the police, social services providers, inspectorates and providers of certificate courses.

As the reopening progresses, the Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet) and other public inspectorates and supervisory authorities must monitor developments.

The political parties note that the Government is currently having a dialogue with Denmark's neighbouring countries and will reconsider the temporary border control and entry restrictions as well as the stricter travel advice. The Government will make an announcement in this respect on or before 1 June 2020.

 

As part of the efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in Denmark, the Government and the authorities have taken a number of general measures to reduce social contact, maintain social distancing and increase the effect of social distancing.

 

On 30 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Government might commence a cautious, gradual and controlled reopening of society, provided that the population continued to observe the general recommendations on appropriate conduct and that the number of people hospitalised etc. remained stable.

 

It is a prerequisite of phase one of the gradual reopening of the Danish society that everybody continues to follow the directions on social distancing and good hygiene as the spread of the disease may otherwise increase rapidly and seriously challenge the healthcare capacity.

For the measures to be effective in battling COVID-19 in Denmark, every single citizen must assume responsibility to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing. This also applies among family and friends, and it is even more relevant now when the controlled reopening of the Danish society is initiated.

 

 

Phase one of the controlled reopening extended

Based on advice from the health authorities, the Government has deemed it safe from a health perspective to extend phase one of the controlled reopening of society.

 

The Government (the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet)) and the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre), the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti), the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti), the New Right (Nye Borgelige), the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative (Alternativet) have agreed on the following initiatives.

 

The parties also note that the authorities will introduce a comprehensive testing strategy for which the SSI (Statens Serum Institut) has provided a guarantee based on its professional expertise. According to this strategy, front-line workers, relatives and vulnerable groups are to be tested. Moreover, a representative sample of the Danish population is to be tested to monitor developments. Finally, the parties note that the authorities will continue their efforts to make sure that sufficient personal protective equipment is provided.

 

Liberal professions in which client contact cannot be avoided can reopen from 20 April 2020

  • One of the measures introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was a temporary ban on hairdressers and certain liberal professions, see the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings and Banning Access to and Imposing Restrictions on Premises as a Means of Controlling COVID-19. At the same time, a temporary ban on driving lessons in driving school cars was introduced.
  • These bans will be lifted as from Monday, 20 April 2020, the consequence being that business owners can now reopen their premises for customers and clients, and it will be possible to give driving lessons in driving school cars.
  • A multi-sector partnership will be established for the relevant authorities, industries, trade unions and relevant organisations for the purpose of agreeing on a responsible reopening strategy.
  • Enterprises comprised by the ban may find it inexpedient to open up. In that situation, enterprises previously comprised by the ban and therefore closed so far may choose to stay closed, and such enterprises will continue to receive a refund under the current scheme of up to 80 per cent of their overheads.

 

Liberal professions which can reopen from 20 April 2020

  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty parlours and massage parlours
  • Body lounges
  • Spa clinics
  • Tattooists and body piercers
  • Physiotherapists Chiropractors Occupational therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Clinical dieticians
  • Chiropodists
  • Opticians and optometrists
  • Psychologists
  • The dental field, including dental technologists, dentists and dental hygienists
  • The audiology field
  • Private hospitals and clinics
  • Driving schools
  • Other premises at which clients are offered services involving close physical contact between the service provider and the client, as well as tanning studios.

Memorandum from the Ministry of Health on increased activity in the general healthcare sector and among other private healthcare providers following the announcement concerning the national health service on 13 April 2020

Download the Ministry's list of liberal professions which can reopen

 

 

Reopening of courts, the Prison and Probation Service, research institutions, media content producers etc.

  • The Courts of Denmark have set up emergency procedures to handle critical cases, but there is an urgent need for scheduling far more cases. The courts are therefore urged to reopen as quickly as possible to hear as many cases as possible. The Agency of Family Law (Familieretshuset) will also open for child interviews and supervised visitation, which are very critical activities specifically for children.
  • When it is deemed safe from a health perspective, the Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalforsorgen) will gradually summon offenders to start serving their prison sentences.
  • Research laboratories will partially reopen to researchers and students to enable them to complete their post-doc or PhD degrees and to continue research trials and research projects that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Some domestic production of Danish media content for the radio and TV channels DR and TV2 will also open up.
  • A multi-sector partnership will be established for each of the above-mentioned tracks for the purpose of agreeing on a responsible reopening strategy.

 

Elderly and vulnerable citizens as well as marginalised young people

  • Partnerships will be established across authorities, civil society, cultural institutions, private players and the public sector to develop initiatives countering loneliness and vulnerability and supporting marginalised children and young people.
  • New methods will be developed to facilitate visits from family and relatives in a safe manner from a health perspective.
  • The parties will discuss in detail over the next days the individual initiatives with the ministers and authorities responsible for the relevant fields.

 

Subsequent phases of a controlled reopening

In week 17 (20-26 April 2020), the parties will resume negotiations for the second and subsequent phases of the reopening of the Danish society to agree on an aggregate plan for finding a way out of the COVID-19 crisis. The aim is to clarify when further restrictions can be lifted and under what conditions. Assessments must be made of the health and economic perspectives of all initiatives.

 

The parties note that the health authorities have introduced a number of general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing etc. However, additional initiatives may be required in certain sectors to avoid the spread of novel coronavirus. A number of multi-sector partnerships will now be established as forums to further the dialogue between authorities, relevant trade organisations and trade unions and other relevant organisations about how to reopen society in a responsible manner. The purpose of the multi-sector dialogue is to create a common understanding of the concept of reopening in a responsible manner to help the individual sectors prepare for the reopening.

 

Recent reopening initiatives

 

Day-care facilities

Day-care facilities will open as quickly as possible as from 15 April 2020 when the individual local councils consider it safe in view of the directions of the health authorities. The Ministry of Children and Education and the Ministry of Health will issue directions for a safe reopening process taking into account the need to maintain good health at day-care facilities. Employees must follow the general recommendations of the health authorities. For further details, see the websites of the Danish Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Education. 

 

Elementary schools

Schools will open as quickly as possible as from Wednesday, 15 April 2020 for pupils from pre-school through fifth grades and from classes for pupils with special needs from all grades when the individual local councils consider it safe in view of the directions of the health authorities. Before- and after-school care (for pupils up to the fifth grade) will open at the same time. The Ministry of Children and Education and the Ministry of Health will issue directions for a safe reopening process taking into account the need to maintain good health at the institutions. All pupils with high-risk family members can stay at home at the parents' choice. Employees must follow the general recommendations of the health authorities. For further details, see the websites of the Danish Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Education. 

 

As regards tests and examinations, the final general proficiency marks, which must be given as late in the school year as possible, will replace examination marks. The Ministry of Children and Education will lay down detailed rules.

 

General and vocational upper secondary education and higher education

Institutions of general and vocational upper secondary education will remain physically closed, except for students of upper secondary education in the third grade of upper secondary schools (3.g), the second grade of the higher preparatory examination course (2.hf), classes for students with an autism spectrum disorder and classes for students enrolled in vocational upper secondary education courses (EUX) who will take their school-leaving examination this summer. The Government will discuss with the other parties in Parliament how 3.g and 2.hf students can take their examinations.

 

Solutions have already been made for the journeyman's tests under the vocational education and training programmes. All pupils with high-risk family members can stay at home at the parents' choice. Employees must follow the general recommendations of the health authorities. For further details, see the websites of the Danish Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Education.

 

Institutions of higher education will remain physically closed, except for students in the last semester of their education programmes who will become qualified to perform critical functions in the healthcare sector (including the social and healthcare training programme (SOSU)).

 

The private sector labour market

All private sector employers were urged on 13 March 2020 to ensure that as many employees as possible work from home etc., that physical meetings etc. are held only if absolutely necessary, and that other relevant measures are initiated to promote appropriate conduct at the workplace.

 

The authorities will enter into a dialogue with the relevant trade associations and trade unions about the process for letting employees who have worked from home return to the physical workplace as from Tuesday, 14 April 2020 if they can perform their work in a fully safe manner, including by maintaining the other existing measures and following the general directions for appropriate conduct, social distancing etc. The workplaces should maintain focus on flexibility by maintaining the possibility to work from home, the use of online meetings, staggered working hours etc.

 

Vocational training for unemployed people with a specific job opening

Unemployed people who are offered vocational training requiring attendance in person as a condition for taking up a new position will now be allowed to appear in person. Adult vocational training courses (AMU) will be opened for unemployed people who require a specific qualifying certificate to take up a new position.

 

More tests and new digital tracking

The authorities are currently working on upscaling the capacity for testing for the novel coronavirus to perform more offensive testing in connection with the upcoming controlled reopening of the Danish society. The tests to be performed during the initial testing phase are diagnostic tests, but concurrent efforts will be made to try out and introduce so-called immune tests, which can detect COVID-19 antibodies.

 
In addition to ensuring the relevant treatment of individuals, the testing scheme is also intended partly to contain the disease by diagnosing individuals for the purpose of self-isolation and by curbing the spread of the disease through early detection and partly to monitor the prevalence of the disease in society.

 

During the coming weeks, the health authorities will release an app intended partly to strengthen the data available to the health authorities for the ongoing surveillance of the COVID-19 pandemic and thereby provide data supporting a gradual reopening of society and partly to promote appropriate conduct among Danish citizens that will contribute to curbing the spread of the disease as society is gradually reopened.

 

The scheme is a voluntary scheme based on the Norwegian model, according to which citizens aged 15+ can download an app. The first version of this app is able to register any contact within a distance of one to two metres with other citizens who have downloaded the same app. The data collected may provide useful information on contact patterns. The health authorities can only use data provided by the app for monitoring the prevalence of the disease at an aggregate level by means of pseudonymised data.

 

Public transport

In the recent weeks of partial lockdown of the Danish society, the number of passengers using public transport has been down by more than 80 per cent. The current timetables for busses, the light rail, trains and the metro have therefore been downscaled.

 

A consequence of the controlled reopening of society is that the number of passengers will increase. To avoid excessive passenger density, a considerable upscaling of public transport has been made as from Tuesday, 14 April 2020 in Metropolitan Copenhagen in particular. The upscaling will involve more departures and longer trains. Users, schools and workplaces must also contribute to an even use of public transport through flexible planning. Moreover, the increased cleaning frequency on common contact surfaces in public transport means and at stations will remain at the same high level.

 

Extension of the measures

 

Temporary border control and entry restrictions

Temporary border control and entry restrictions came into effect at all Danish borders on 14 March 2020. The period of border checks, which do not usually include freight transports, has been extended until further notice.

 

Stricter travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has continuously changed its travel advice, but froze the breakdown of the world into red and orange areas as at 17 March 2020. Danish citizens returning from abroad are strongly urged to isolate themselves at home for two weeks and Danish citizens are advised against all but essential travel abroad at least until 1 June 2020.

 

Schools, educational institutions, cultural institutions, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, religious communities and recreational facilities closed

All schools were closed on 16 March 2020. Except for the above-mentioned exemptions, the period of closure will end on 18 May 2020. The reopening of schools affects all pupils in the sixths to tenth grades, continuation schools, voluntary vocational courses and other boarding schools.

 

Pupils and students at all public institutions of upper secondary education, courses for adult students, institutions of further education etc. have been told to stay home from school as from 13 March 2020. Except for the above-mentioned exemptions, the period of school closures will continue until at least mid-August 2020.

 

All public cultural institutions, church buildings owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and all activities offered at parish halls, premises of religious communities, libraries, recreational facilities and similar indoor activities were closed down on 13 March 2020. Except for the above-mentioned exemptions, the period of closure will end on18 May 2020.

 

Public service providers responsible for news coverage and incident management have been exempted throughout the period of closure.

 

Public employees sent home (with pay)

All public employees not performing critical functions have been told to stay home from work as from 13 March 2020. The period of staying home has been extended until further notice. However, as of 8 June 2020, the parts of the public sector in which piles of work are most likely to accumulate can open up again. Throughout the lock-down period, some employees assigned to specific crucial tasks have been exempt from this requirement and been allowed to appear in person. Agreements to this effect must be made with the Minister for the relevant area and in consultation with the health authorities. Public employees working outdoor and having hardly any social interaction can continue to work as usual. The employees sent home must work from home as far as possible.

 

 

Events, gatherings etc. with more than 10 participants banned

On 18 March 2020, the Government ordered a temporary ban on events, activities etc. involving more than 10 people. The period of this temporary ban has been extended until early June 2020. As from early June, the number of people allowed to gather will increase to 30 - 50 persons.

 

As regards large events, activities etc., the Government has extended the temporary ban for groups of more than 500 participants until 31 August 2020.

 

Nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes etc. closed

On 18 March 2020, the Government ordered a temporary ban on nightclubs, discotheques, bars, pubs, hookah cafes etc. for the period up to and including 10 May 2020.

The temporary ban has been extended for night clubs and discotheques until at least mid-August 2020

 

Other establishments can open again as from18 May 2020.

 

On 18 March 2020, the Government ordered a temporary ban on dining-in service at restaurants, cafes etc. This ban has been extended and will be lifted on18 May 2020.

 

Shopping centres etc. closed

On 18 March 2020, the Government ordered a temporary ban on shared indoor locations like shopping centres, department stores, shopping arcades etc. with many people. This ban was lifted on 11 May 2020.

 

Indoor sports and recreational facilities etc. closed

On 18 March 2020, the Government ordered a temporary ban on indoor sports and recreational facilities etc., including water parks, play areas, cinemas, theatres, fitness centres and tanning studios.

 

For tanning studios, the ban has been lifted.

 

For cinemas, theatres and some indoor sports associations, the period of this temporary ban has been extended until 8 June 2020.

 

For indoors sports and recreational facilities, including water parks, play areas and fitness centres, the period of this temporary ban has been extended until mid-August 2020.