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28.03.2021 - The reopening begins after Easter - and the corona passport plays an important role!

First I would like to apologise for the late summary. I've been having a few days at a hotel with my girlfriend due to her birthday, and then I've been busy beginning at my new temporary job. But better late than never!


The political parties, with the exception of Nye Borgerlige, have now negotiated a plan for the various phases of the reopening of Denmark.


It is important to note, however, that not everything has been included, and areas such as festivals, the border situation, tourism and professional sport haven't been mentioned at all. We still have to wait and see what will happen here.


Another important note is that various parts of the reopening will only happen with the mandatory use of the corona passport (with the exception of children younger than 15). If you want to visit a restaurant, you will need to present your corona passport, where you show that you've either been vaccinated, have previously been sick with the virus (up to 12 weeks after the first positive test) or that you've been tested with either a quick or PCR-test within the last 72 hours. It will be the responsibility of each restaurant, café, tavern or to ensure that each customer has the corona passport, and fulfils the requirements.


Bullets:

  1. 6th of April: liberal businesses can reopen with the use of the corona passport and face masks, and pupils and students can return in various degrees, from 20-50 % physical attendance.

  2. 13th of April: Shopping centres etc. smaller than 15.000 m2 can reopen.

  3. 21st of April: Outdoor service for restaurants, cafés etc. can be allowed with the use of the corona passport. Shopping centres etc. larger than 15.000 m2 can reopen. Organised indoor sport for those younger than 18 can reopen without the need for the corona passport.

  4. 6th of May: Indoor service will be allowed with the use of the corona passport. Organised indoor sport can reopen for adults, with the mandatory use of the corona passport.

  5. 21st of May: Any remaining sport-, free time- and associational activities can reopen with the mandatory use of the corona passport. Indoor facilities in amusement parts, zoos, playlands, day high schools and evening schools will be allowed to reopen

  6. It is now possible to apply for the remaining two weeks of frozen holiday money on borger.dk. Remember to make an evaluation of whether it is a good idea or not for you to get the money, depending on your overall economic situation. The money WILL count as income for 2021!

  7. The three football matches in Copenhagen in June during the European Championships will be allowed to have a minimum of 12.000 spectators unless the contemporary situation doesn't allow it at that time.

  8. The current rules for entry into Denmark, as well as the current travel restrictions, have been extended until the 20th of April 2021.

See the list below the picture for a more in-detail description of the various reopening phases.


Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) and the other political leaders / Foto: Philip Davali © Scanpix

More details


Below is a list of when various sections/businesses/activities can be allowed to reopen, according to the agreement between the political parties.


The political parties, except Nye Borgerlige, have also agreed to extend the compensation schemes, so that they are in effect until the 30th of June 2021.


Throughout all the phases there will be various relevant preventative measures in effect. This can be things such as limited opening hours, m2-rules, demands and recommendations to the use of face masks, distancing between people etc. Local shutdowns will also be possible.


6th of April

  • The liberal businesses can reopen, such as hairdressers, massage parlours, tattoo-clinics etc., with the mandatory use of the corona passport and facemasks.

  • 5th-8th grade in elementary school, as well as juvenile and adult educations, can return with 50 % attendance, meaning every second week.

  • Graduating students on higher educations (universities etc.) with many hands-on elements in their educations can return with 50 % attendance.

  • All other students in higher educations can return with 20 % attendance. The institutions are required to particularly prioritize students in their first year.

  • Once the vaccination has been completed of the eldest and most vulnerable citizens, as well as citizens who are 50 or older, it is expected that schools and educations can reopen fully.

13th of April

  • Shopping centres, arcades and similar places which are smaller than 15.000 m2 can reopen. The same is the case for any shops inside the premises, with the exception of restaurants, cafés, cinemas etc.

  • In municipalities with particularly high numbers of infected will a potential reopening be estimated by the Epidemic Commission.

21st of April

  • Outdoor service will be allowed for restaurants and cafés, bodegas, taverns, museums, art galleries and libraries. It will be mandatory for the customers/users to use the corona passport.

  • Organised indoor sports for children and young people under 18 will be reopened without the need for a corona passport.

  • Shopping centres, arcades and similar places which are larger than 15.000 m2 can reopen. The same is the case for any shops inside the premises, with the exception of restaurants, cafés, cinemas etc.

6th of May

  • Indoor service will be allowed in restaurants, cafés, bodegas, taverns, conferences, venues, theatres, cinemas and similar locations where there are cultural activities. It will be mandatory for the customers/users to use the corona passport.

  • Organised indoor sports for adults will be reopened. It will be mandatory for the users to use the corona passport.

21st of May

  • Any remaining sport-, free time- and associational activities that haven't been reopened in previous phases will be allowed to reopen. It will be mandatory for the users to use the corona passport.

  • Indoor facilities in amusement parts, zoos, playlands, day high schools and evening schools will be allowed to reopen.

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