Almost all restrictions against the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted since September 10 in Denmark, 548 days after the Danish government introduced them. The only one still in force is the obligation to use masks at airports, but in all other public places in the country it is not mandatory to wear them. For now, however, restrictions on accessing Denmark from abroad will remain in force.
On 10 September, however, the last restriction on the use of the crown (the equivalent of the Italian Green Pass) which from April was required to access restaurants, bars, museums and other public places. On September 1, the Danish government had decided to remove the need to exhibit it for all public places, except for those at night, such as clubs and discos. From 10 September, however, even to access the latter it is no longer necessary to show the crown caps.
The Danish government’s decision is mainly due to the excellent performance of the vaccination campaign, one of the most advanced in the world, with 86% of the population over 12 having received at least the first dose of vaccine, and 83% who also received the second dose. In Italy, to make a comparison, so far 67 percent of the population has been vaccinated with two doses (or with only one in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Daily infections in Denmark are also quite low, which has led the Danish government to consider the spread of the virus under control. Currently there are about 500 cases of contagion every day in the country, and the R.t,, that is the index used to measure how much the virus is transmitted, is equal to 0.7 (it means that each infected person infects less than 1 individual on average).
Denmark had been one of the first European countries to impose restrictions, albeit less rigid than elsewhere: in March 2020 it had imposed the closure of schools and most of the non-essential services and production activities. It was also the first country to introduce certification that allowed vaccinated, recently recovered, or people who tested negative to a test to enter public premises. This certificate, the crown, was made available on April 21st.
A first relaxation of the restrictions took place on 1 August, when the government decided that the crown it was no longer necessary to enter museums. On August 14, however, the obligation of the mask on public transport was eliminated, and on September 1 the night clubs were reopened and the limits to public events with many people were removed.
This made it possible on 4 September to hold a concert with 15,000 spectators for the first time. The first concert will be held in Copenhagen on 11 September in a full-capacity stadium: Danish post-punk group Minds of 99 will play at Copenhagen’s Parken stadium, and around 50,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.