KEY POINTS: The new Covid-19 rules which take effect in Denmark on Monday

New Covid-19 rules and guidelines, primarily relating to use of face masks and the coronapas health pass, will take effect in Denmark on Monday, November 29th.

Face masks return to Danish daily life from November 29th.
Face masks return to Danish daily life from November 29th. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

After Health Minister Magnus Heunicke announced at a ministry press briefing on Wednesday that the government will seek to reimplement face mask rules on public transport and in stores, approval from parliament’s Epidemic Committee on Thursday paved the way for their return on Monday.

Rules relating to the coronapas Covid-19 health pass will also be broadened and the interval for which a negative Covid-19 test gives a valid pass reduced.

The government was acting on recommendations given by the advisory independent Epidemic Commission, Heunicke earlier said. The parliamentary committee has now approved the measures, meaning they can come into effect from November 29th.

The decision was made in light of escalating infection and hospitalisation numbers with Covid-19 in Denmark throughout November.

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Return of face masks

Face masks will be required on public transport, including taxis and ride sharing services. They will also have to be used in supermarkets and in other retail settings like shopping malls and stores.

Masks will also be required in health and social care settings such as hospitals, clinics and community care.

Children under 12 years old are generally exempted from wearing face masks.

Shorter coronapas validity period for negative Covid tests

The period for which a negative Covid-19 test gives a valid coronapas will be reduced to 72 hours for a negative PCR test and 48 hours for a negative rapid antigen test.

Up to now, unvaccinated people can hold a valid coronapas for 96 hours through a negative PCR test, or 72 hours with a rapid antigen test.

Coronapas required in more places and at smaller events

Events at which participants or spectators must show a valid coronapas will have a maximum attendance of 100 indoors and 1,000 outdoors. Those limits are 200 and 2,000 respectively under the current rules.

The health pass will also be extended to be required at public sector workplaces and vocational and youth colleges (voksen- og ungdomsuddannelser) and language centres as well as at hairdressers, tattooists, solariums, and similar services. Visitors to elderly care homes and social care facilities will also be required to present a coronapas.

It is currently required at bars, cafes, restaurants and large events.

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Denmark’s autumn Covid-19 strategy to be presented ‘before summer’

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday that the government will soon present a strategy for managing Covid-19 should the virus resurge in Denmark next autumn and winter.

Denmark’s autumn Covid-19 strategy to be presented 'before summer'

Although everyday life in Denmark is now free of any signs of Covid-19 restrictions, a plan will be put in place to manage a potential increase in cases of the virus once colder months return, Frederiksen said during remarks in parliament.

During a speech given as part of the parliament’s closing session before its summer break, Frederiksen noted that the coronavirus still persists in other countries and that Denmark must therefore have its own plan in place for future management of outbreaks.

“The government will therefore, before the summer (holiday), present a strategy for ongoing Covid management. We will discuss it with the other parties in parliament,” she said.

Frederiksen also said that Denmark was among the countries to have coped best with the pandemic.

“We are one of the countries that have had the lowest excess deaths. And one of the countries that has emerged best from the crisis economically. That is thanks to the efforts of each individual citizen in the country,” she said.

A new wave of Covid-19 cases later this year can be expected, according to a Danish medical expert.

“As things look now, we can reasonably hope that the thoroughly vaccinated population will be well protected against serious cases and that we will therefore see few hospitalisations,” Henrik Nielsen, senior medical consultant at Aalborg University’s infectious disease department, told news wire Ritzau.

“But the number of infections could very easily be high in the autumn and winter with a respiratory virus that gives a few days’ sickness. We expected serious cases to be limited in number,” he said.