New plan for reopening: Here are the most important points

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

Late last night the government and the parties of the Danish Parliament agreed on a new plan for reopening society further.

Among other things, the plan entails that restaurants and cafés can start indoor seating again already next week on April 21.

Football teams in Superligaen can also invite supporters back to the stadiums.

“When we have been able to initiate a larger reopening than we expected, it is because we have control over the number of infected, we have been testing and sequencing intensely, and the option to shut down locally,” the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, says.

Opening for indoor serving with a Corona-passport

The agreement means that indoor seating at restaurants and cafés will open from Wednesday, April 21.

It’s required that customers book a table beforehand and show the Corona-passport upon arrival.

In relation to the indoor seating, restaurants and cafés need to ensure that seated guests have at least two sqm. room each and standing guests four sqm.

Restaurants and cafés may stay open until 23:00 but serving stops at 22:00 at the latest.

The assembly ban is raised

On April 21, outdoor serving opens as well, and this does not require showing the Corona-passport.

According to the plan, the assembly ban will be phased out little by little:

  • From April 21 the assembly ban is raised to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • From May 6 it is raised to 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors.
  • From May 21 it is raised to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • From June 11 it is raised to 100 people indoors. After this date, there will no longer be an assembly ban outside.
  • From August 1 there won’t be any assembly ban inside either.

While the assembly ban is complete removed from August 1, it’s still unclear when the ban on large gatherings will be removed.

Good news for students

There’s also great news for students.

5th to 8th grade will be able to meet outside during the weeks where there’s no access to indoor teaching.

The reopening follows the guidelines given during prior reopenings.

Students in primary schools, high schools, and further adult educations may physically attend school 80 percent of the time. Students at vocational educations may attend school 100 percent of the time.

Students at universities may physically attend school 30 percent of the time.

Indoor sports is reopened for people under 18 years old

The Superliga-model is reinstated so that there may once again be 500 supporters at games – though with restricted access to the stands. This goes into effect from April 21 and requires a Corona-passport. This goes for all professional football in Denmark.

Indoor sports for children and young people under the age of 18 years old is reopened. This goes for all sports where there is an assembly ban of 25 people.

Read the full reopening plan here.