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Religious ceremonies etc.

Questions and answers about religious ceremonies in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities.

 
Religious ceremonies etc.
Yes. The ban on gatherings of more than 10 people does not apply at premises usually at the disposal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities, whereas the ban on gatherings of more than 500 people simultaneously still applies. 

Premises at the disposal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities include church buildings, synagogues, mosques, chapels, parish halls, church classrooms and pastors' residences owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities. Premises rented or borrowed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities from a third party are also comprised by the scope of the ban. To be considered 'premises', the facility must normally consist of one or more rooms in real property. However, based on the specific circumstances, a tent may be considered to be premises. What is essential is whether the tent etc. is considered to be a venue in the nature of premises, for example because it has solid walls, heavy flooring, heating etc. Similarly, based on an assessment of the specific circumstances, a venue like a caravan may also be considered to be premises if the caravan is not used as a vehicle, but is used in a manner comparable to that of premises.

The police cannot issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with novel coronavirus.

The ban on gatherings of more than 10 people does not apply to indoor burial and funeral services, whereas the limit of 500 people at the same time still applies. As regards outdoor burial and funeral services as well as the elements of burial and funeral services held outdoors, there is a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people simultaneously at the same location. 

Religious ceremonies other than outdoor burial and funeral services held by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities outside their regular premises fall within the scope of the current ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and are subject to the right of the police to issue a dispersal order in case more than 10 people have gathered at the same location if such a religious ceremony is performed outside of regular premises of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or another religious community. 
 
The requirements of a minimum free floor area, layout, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene that are applicable to premises open to the public must be met for premises of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities to be open to people.

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct. 

If the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities lend or let their premises to clubs, associations, private individuals etc., the borrowers/tenants are not exempt from the ban on gatherings and must therefore observe the applicable rules banning gatherings etc.
No. Ordinary religious services and prayers, such as Friday prayers, are not opinion-shaping gatherings.

Yes. The religious ceremony can be performed if the ceremony is held indoors at the premises of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or another religious community. In that case, the requirements of a minimum free floor area, layout, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene must be met, and the limit of 500 people at the same time must always be observed.

If the ceremony is performed outdoors, the ceremony can be attended by no more than 10 people, inclusive of the representatives of the church, unless the participants at an event etc. are mainly seated at assigned seats facing a stage, cinema screen, playing field or the like. In that case, up to 500 people can attend simultaneously. However, outdoor burial and funeral services can always be attended by up to 50 people simultaneously.

 

However, in any case, outdoor burial and funeral services can be attended by a maximum of 50 people simultaneously. In those situations, it is not possible for up to 500 people to attend simultaneously irrespective of whether the participants are mainly seated at assigned seats facing a stage, cinema screen, playing field or the like.

 

Persons wanting to host a party or otherwise celebrate a religious ceremony are advised to see the answer to the question 'Are individuals allowed to host or attend a party?'