Restricted nightlife and closed schools: The new Danish corona measures are now in place

Mette FrederiksenPhoto: Philip Davali / NTB

Denmark has recently registered several daily infection records. On Friday, the government’s new corona measures came into force, including closed nightlife at midnight and extended facemask rules.

The number of confirmed omicron cases in Denmark is rising rapidly. On Thursday, the number was up to just over 800, and the authorities have now given up the targeted measures to curb the omicron infection.

But the number of corona infection cases is constantly rising every day in Denmark. On Thursday, almost 7,000 cases of COVID infection were registered, which is a new record so far in the pandemic.

Therefore, the government has now tightened the rules, and the new corona measures take effect from Friday. The measures are set to last for four weeks.

Schools closing

Nightlife closes at midnight, and the requirement for face masks is extended to also apply inside restaurants and other serving places.

People and employers are also encouraged to use home office as much as possible, and the country’s schools will be closed from Wednesday, December 15 until January 5.

“There is a need to limit the activity of how many unvaccinated people get together, and this also applies to our children,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. Denmark has decided to vaccinate children down to the age of five, and the authorities hope that many children will be vaccinated before the schools reopen in January, Danmarks Radio (DR) writes.

At the same time, it is expected that the authorities will speed up vaccination with a booster dose for people between the ages of 40 and 65. 

“Julefrokost” should be canceled

In Denmark, it is allowed to buy alcohol in shops open at night around the clock, but now alcohol sales are closed from midnight until 5 o’clock in the morning.

The authorities have also strongly encouraged companies to cancel the traditional “Julefrokost,” the Danish version of Christmas dinner. In addition, the authorities also encourage the cancellation of other major social events. Furthermore, concerts with more than 50 standing guests are prohibited.

“This only applies to concert halls because you can walk around a museum without getting close to each other, while concerts have a different character,” Minister of Culture Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen said when the government presented the measures on Wednesday.

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