On Friday, Denmark will move closer to a full reopening

DenmarkPhoto: Malene Anthony Nielsen / Scanpix Denmark

From Friday, almost everything that has been corona-closed in Denmark will reopen. 

“From May 21, nightclubs and discos will be closed. Everything else will be open in one form or another,” the Conservatives’ party leader Søren Pape Poulsen said after the Danish parties in the parliament (Folketing) agreed on the next reopening phase on Tuesday night.

Pupils in junior high school and upper secondary school can return to class. Furthermore, workers will gradually return to the office – in three phases. Initially, 20% attendance is allowed. Then, 50% in mid-June and finally full attendance from August 1.

Corona pass – but not for long

From Friday, people will also be able to visit saunas, water parks, playgrounds, casinos, and indoor facilities in zoos. 

To be admitted, they must show a corona passport that confirms that they have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from coronavirus, or have recently tested negative for the virus.

But corona passes will soon be abolished, along with face mask requirements, as more Danes are getting vaccinated. 

Politicians have agreed to cancel the passports already in June, while face mask requirements could be removed at the end of August. No exact date has been set yet.

The parties have previously agreed that the limit for how many people can gather indoors will be raised from 25 to 50 on Friday. Outdoors, the limit is raised from 75 to 100 people.

Positive developments

Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke says the infection situation in the country is positive, despite somewhat more cases of infection in recent days.

He believes the situation is good enough for the whole country to move towards full reopening.

“This can only be done if we keep basic structures such as extensive testing and local lockdowns. Those tools ensure that we can now open further,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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