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Denmark plans to lift all anti-epidemic measures by September

Denmark plans to lift all anti-epidemic measures by September

The gradual phasing out of restrictions begins this month

On 10 June, the Danish government announced its plans to gradually begin phasing out all anti-epidemic measures. The new plan seeks to lift all COVID restrictions by 1 September, except in nightlife venues, outdoor events with an audience of 2,000 spectators, and indoor venues where the national Coronapas will be required until October.

What measures will be lifted?

The first step towards freedom will be taken on Friday 11 June, when restaurants will be allowed to extend their opening hours until midnight. Moreover, they will be able to further extend their hours on 15 July when they will be permitted to remain open until 2 am.

As of 14 June, the government will begin to phase out the use of face masks. More specifically, individuals will only be required to wear a mask when using public transport. Their use will be completely phased out by 1 September.

Currently, one must present a valid COVID passport (Coronapas) in order to visit establishments and access services. Now, the government has reported that the phasing out of this passport will begin on 14 June when places such as libraries and leisure centres will no longer require a Coronapas. Following this, establishments which have a greater risk of infection will also gradually phase out the use of this passport until it is completely abolished in October.

Phasing out is possible due to the vaccine rollout

The Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke commented on the government’s new plans, noting that they are possible thanks to the vaccine rollout and the warmer weather: “2.5 million people have received at least one vaccination shot and the good weather is working our favour. Therefore, we have now agreed with the parties on a significant reopening, where all restrictions are phased out and completely lifted from 1 September – except for the Corona passport, which will apply in some areas.”

Heunicke went further, reminding the nation that they must still be cautious: “At the same time, however, it is important that we continue to monitor the infection and crack down on local outbreaks so that we maintain epidemic control.”

The government’s plan can be seen as a sign that life will soon return to normal. As such, it will undoubtedly be well received by the nation.

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