New development: Aalborg Zoo has to close its doors Friday

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

Yesterday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced new restrictions, which entail lowering the assembly ban from 10 to a maximum of 5 people who can gather.

Now the Ministry of Health has sent out an update where they state that zoos, among other outdoor activities, have to close from Friday, January 8.

This was announced Tuesday night in a press release and will affect Aalborg Zoo.

“Outdoor cultural institutions, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, etc. have to close to the public (from Friday, January 8, 2021),” the press release reads.

Fewer customers in stores

Ahead of New Year’s, stores were buzzing with activity but now the sharper restrictions mean that fewer people will be allowed into stores.

“As a consequence of the change in the recommended social distance, the number of people who can be indoors at the same time, for instance in grocery stores, is lowered. The capacity stipulation is increased so fewer customers are let in,” the Ministry of Health writes.

The sharper restrictions are a result of a new, more infectious variant of corona being found in Denmark.

There are indications of an increase in the number of people infected by the new cluster B.1.1.7 across the whole country. This British variation of the virus is estimated to be around 50-70 percent more infectious than previous known Covid-19-variations in Denmark.