Denmark tightens coronavirus restrictions
With cases on the rise, the government is exploring new ways to limit the spread of COVID-19
- August 22, 2020 12:00
- Anton Stoyanov
Starting today, 22 August, the use of masks across Denmark will become more widespread in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The reopening of the country and its borders and the slow removal of different restrictions has unsurprisingly led to an increase in coronavirus infections. To answer the challenge posed by this development, the Danish government has issued several mandates that concern various aspects of daily life and are meant to safeguard the population and prevent the country’s healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
Masks and restrictions – a recipe for a healthy population
Starting today it is now mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 to wear a facemask while in public transport. The country-wide recommendation follows in the footsteps of the actions of several cities that implemented their own versions of the mandate earlier this week, including Aarhus and several communities in Jutland.
During the press conference announcing the change, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also left the door open for further restrictions down the line should there be no improvement in the country’s epidemiological situation. In her statement, she acknowledged that in the future, the wearing of masks in other venues, such as supermarkets, might also become mandatory.
Despite these developments, Denmark is still forging on ahead with implementing Phase 4 of its lockdown removal plan. Bars and restaurants have been permitted to stay open past midnight, up until 02:00 AM, provided they do not let any new guests after 11:00 PM, while several restrictions for foreign arrivals have also been eased.
The conditions, however, are still not right for the reopening of nightclubs across the country. The owners of these establishments will have to wait until 31 October to reopen, provided the government does not decide to rethink the date and either push it forward or pull it back.
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