Experts assess: Stores can reopen and graduating students can return to school

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

We finally have some concrete news about the forthcoming reopening of society.

The government’s expert group has reviewed the different risks of reopening in order to determine what can open first.

Last night, Magnus Heunicke, the Minister of Health, confirmed that he was ready with the results, which show that there will be room for a reopening of a large portion of stores.

He shared this news with DR.

In addition to this, the experts deem that many clubs and associations (such as sports club) can reopen and that graduating students can return to school – in some regions of Denmark at least. The North Denmark Region, which includes Aalborg, has been mentioned as one of the regions which may reopen parts of society.

On a national level, the expert group recommend that

  • Stores up to 5000 sqm reopen with temporary restrictions on how many people can be inside. The reopening does not include stores inside malls.
  • Outdoor cultural institutions reopen with the requirement that guests show a negative test.
  • The assembly ban is raised from 5 to 20 people in regard to organized outdoor sports along with some other activities.

On a local level (in West Jutland and North Jutland), the expert group recommend that

  • All graduating students in primary schools, high schools as well as colleges and universities can return 50 percent of the time if they get tested twice a week.
  • Efterskoler (a unique residential school for young people in Denmark) reopen with full attendance. They have special preventive measures that are described by the Danish Health Authority.