Wednesday, August 4

What is not covered in Denmark’s plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions?


In an announcement Monday evening, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen unveiled the plan to return to normal that will see schools and universities, shops, restaurants and bars, libraries, museums and cinemas gradually reopen over a two-month period.

“With a few exceptions, Danish society should be open when all people over 50 have been vaccinated,” which will be done at the end of May, he said.

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Some areas are still awaiting clarification after yesterday’s announcements.

To travel

Few clues are given in the text of the agreement as to when travel in and out of Denmark may start to return to something like pre-Covid conditions.

the agreement text establishes a fixed point to end the restrictions “when the oldest and most vulnerable citizens and citizens over 50 have been vaccinated with the first dose, if they so wish.”

That point will mark the end of most restrictions, although some will remain, including those “in relation to events that carry a risk of over-spread, including large events and nightlife, travel restrictions and general measures to reduce infections. “states the agreement.

It also states that the government will seek a way to ease restrictions on foreign travel after May 21, the final date in the plan to lift the restrictions.

The government “will work to allow travel with corona vaccines and anti-infective measures, provided that the authorities consider that the data from the countries in question are valid and reliable.”

Public meeting limit

The limit on the number of people who can meet in public places was increased from 5 to 10 as of Monday and from 25 to 50 for organized sports activities. But no defined scheme was given in the new plan for further increases up to that limit.

A plan will be offered in mid-April for the phasing out of the public gathering limit, according to the text of the agreement announced Monday night.

“The government will convene negotiations so that the gradual elimination of the ban on assemblies is integrated into the gradual reopening,” says the agreement.

The plan will build on recommendations made by the government’s expert Epidemic Commission, Ritzau writes.

Events (edit)

The government has remained vague on when the public could return to major sporting and cultural events, including the Roskilde Festival and the European Championship football matches to be held in Copenhagen at the end of June.

However, the plan calls for a group of experts, which the government has called “quick work” (fast work), which will provide recommendations for large-scale corona-proof events. The recommendations will be ready in mid-April, according to the plan, which was agreed between the minority government and a broad section of parliament.

Roskilde Festival director Signe Lopdrup told Ritzau news cable that she remained optimistic about the event’s prospects for this year.

“If not, I suppose they would have informed us that it would not be possible,” he said.

“So our planning continues with renewed intensity; otherwise, we will run out of time, “he added in a written comment.

The director of the event, which is Scandinavia’s largest music festival and was canceled in 2020, also said she would have preferred a definitive answer now than later in the spring. The 2021 event is scheduled to open on June 26.

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