Despite that it is not illegal for IKEA to open, the Minister of Business said today that since the company didn't follow the recommendations of the government, they would look into possible interventions. This was not received well in the Parliament among the blue/liberal parties. Otherwise, today was marked by a series of sad news, including the firing of a lot of SAS-employees, including in Denmark, as well as numbers, that indicate the future of restaurants and hotels are at stake. On a good note though, the number of new hospitalisations are at the lowest since the beginning of March.
Despite that the reopening of IKEA is not illegal, the government is looking at possible interventions since the company didn't follow the recommendations from the government to not reopen until the public authorities had been consulted.
The number of newly hospitalised patients with corona is the lowest number since the first two weeks of March, where the crisis began in Denmark.
The police have clarified that it is not illegal to stand still on Islands Brygge, if you are waiting for the harbour bus. Yesterday two friends were given a fine for doing so.
SAS is firing 5.000 employees due to the corona-crisis, including 1.700 Danish employees.
45 % of the Danish hotels estimate that they, to some or a larger extent is threatened on their existence, and might go bankrupt within the next three months.
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The government is looking at possible interventions after the reopening of IKEA, says the Minister of Business Simon Kollerup: “If you won’t follow the recommendations, but need injunctions or other solutions, then we must look at that in the government. We have noted down that IKEA hasn’t followed our recommendation, and we will, of course, follow up on that,” he says. The reopening of IKEA is not illegal but goes against the recommendations from the government during the corona-crisis.
Liberal Alliance is calling the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, into consultation regarding the case of the reopening of IKEA. The Minister has expressed criticism towards the warehouse for having decided to open. Liberal Alliance wants the Minister to explain if the responsibility for whether the government's guidelines are clear is lying with IKEA or the Minister himself.
After two friends were given fines while waiting for the harbour-bus on Islands Brygge, the police have clarified that it is not illegal to stand still on Islands Brygge, if they are waiting for the bus: “If you are waiting for the harbour bus on Islands Brygge you are exempt from the prohibition. You must place yourself clearly in connection to the bus stop, and with distance to other waiting passengers,” informs Copenhagen Police on Twitter.
And exactly this unclear law practice has made some of the political spokesmen on law and justice for the political parties in the Parliament to ask the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup, to look closely into the bill. It hasn't been clear enough and puts the police into an impossible situation when they have to estimate whether the citizens have a valid reason to be in a zone under a prohibition on stopping, they say.
The police are warning parents to pupils in Skolen ved Bülowsvej on Frederiksberg, that fines might be used starting tomorrow if changes aren’t happening. A lot of parents are picking up their children in the afternoon, up towards 100 around 13:30, meaning that they are violating the prohibition on gathering more than 10 in public space.
8.851 have tested positive, 153 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers due to that we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).
284 are hospitalized, 26 less than yesterday.
Of those 284, 66 are in intensive care, 6 less than yesterday.
Of those 66, 50 are in respirators, 5 less than yesterday.
434 Corona-infected Danes have died, 7 more than yesterday.
166.846 have been tested for corona-virus, with 8.851 positives (5.3 % positives), a drop of 0.28 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)
6.121 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 162 from yesterday.
The number of newly hospitalised patients with corona is the lowest number since the first two weeks of March, where the crisis began in Denmark. The peak was at the end of March, where 80 patients or more was hospitalised with corona. At the moment there are circa 20 new hospitalisations.
The shutdown of Denmark and the rest of Europe during the corona-crisis has led to a drop of 35 % in the air pollution in larger cities from car-traffic, which will lead to 80 fewer deaths, and 61.700 fewer sickness days, according to the National Center for Environment and Energi (Det Nationale Center for Miljø og Energi) in a new note to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen).
SAS is firing 5.000 employees due to the corona-crisis, including 1.700 Danish employees. The airline had already sent home 11.000 of its 13.000 employees, and it is among those that the firings will happen, according to TV2.
The Minister of Employment, Peter Hummelgaard, calls the firings in SAS: “Sad for SAS, for the local area and for all of Denmark.” He also mentions that the salary compensation package has been in use, and is not, for now, open for a specific help package to SAS.
The government is proposing to expand the help-package to the travel industry, so it is in effect through the 10th of May. Previously it expired the 13th of April, but will now be in effect retroactively from the 14th of April. The conditions for taking a loan in the scheme for the travel industry will also be changed. This loan is available for those that need to pay customers, which travel has been cancelled. But all the travel agencies that are in the Travel Guarantee Fund are collectively liable for the debt, meaning that the travel agencies must pay if others in the industry go bankrupt. The government now wants to adjust this, and implement a 'hybridmodel', where the companies are now liable for 2/3 themselves of the loans they have taken from the 14th of April through the 10th of May. The last third will still have to be paid collectively by the members of the Travel Guarantee Fund. The proposal will be read for the first time in the Parliament Thursday.
45 % of the Danish hotels estimate that they, to some or a larger extent is threatened on their existence, and might go bankrupt within the next three months, says Horesta on the basis of an analysis published by Statistics Denmark. The same number for restaurants is 36 %.
The total production in Denmark has dropped with 10-20 % during the crisis, but with significant variation across sectors, according to new numbers from the Ministry of Finance. Particularly hotels and restaurants are hit hard. These numbers are corresponding to 1 billion kroner lost in our GDP - per day.
Three shops in a shopping centre on Funen have found a way to keep their shops open despite the prohibition on being open in a shopping centre. They simply open their back entrance for the customers. The political spokesman on business for Socialistisk Folkeparti, Theresa Berg Andersen, thinks the rules should be more clear and doesn't believe it is okay to open through the back entrance.
Circa 184.000 jobs have been influenced by the crisis, according to a new analysis by the Ministry of Finance. This includes people that have lost their jobs, as well as applications for salary compensation.
Copenhagen Police has over the last two days visited more than 1.800 business owners to ensure, that the guidelines regarding signing and the number of people per square meter are respected. More than 130 places must now make changes.
The Danish Championships in road cycling has been postponed indefinitely for now due to the coronavirus. It was originally planned to be held from the 18th-21st of June.
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