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New measures against covid-19

The Danish authorities' actions against coronavirus/covid-19 on Wednesday, 11 March, 2020.

Students at all educational institutions are sent home

Pupils and students in all public youth education and higher education etc. will be sent home as soon as possible and no later than Friday, 13 March 2020 for two weeks. Private institutions are encouraged to do the same. For boarding school students, it must be agreed locally which students can stay at the school until the school reopens.

 

All indoor cultural institutions, libraries, leisure facilities, etc. will close

All indoor public cultural institutions, libraries, leisure facilities and similar indoor activities will be closed as soon as possible and no later than Friday, 13 March 2020 for two weeks. Public service providers such as news media and emergency services are exempt. All private providers, self-governing institutions, voluntary associations and religious communities, etc. are strongly encouraged to do the same.

 

All public servants who do not perform critical functions are sent home

All public servants who do not perform critical functions will be sent home as soon as possible and no later than Friday, 13 March, 2020 for two weeks. As far as possible, they must work from home. If this is not possible, they will be sent home with pay. Public employees who have been sent home and do not work from home continue to be available to the employer and may also be required to assist with the performance of necessary community functions. Critical functions are aimed at, for example, personnel in the health care sector, the elderly and care sectors, the police, the criminal defense service, emergency services, the meat inspection and the social vulnerable area. The fact that repatriation will involve the build-up of case piles and extended case processing times does not mean that the functions are considered critical.

 

The private labour market

All private employers are urged to ensure that as many people as possible work from home, leave or take leave, in compliance with contractual obligations, such as exports and deliveries. Furthermore, it is urged that only physical meetings, etc., are held if absolutely necessary and that other relevant measures are taken to ensure appropriate behavior in the workplace. It is assumed that maintenance of the necessary utilities is ensured, including e.g. food supply, grocery market, pharmacy, energy, water, waste management, telecommunications and IT infrastructure, financial infrastructure, etc.

 

Schools and day care facilities will close

All public schools and daycare facilities will close Monday, 16 March, 2020 and for two weeks. Municipalities establish emergency care. Grandparents should not look after children if they are particularly vulnerable to covid-19 due to age or health. Private institutions are encouraged to do the same. For boarding school students, it must be agreed locally which students can stay at the school until the school reopens.

 

Limited use of public transport

The use of public transport must be limited and spread over as much time and capacity as possible. Action has already been taken to ensure this, including driving with greater capacity. DSB is now introducing ticket booking requirements on all journeys on intercity and fast trains and on regional trains as soon as technically possible.

 

Restrictions on nursing home and hospital visits

Hospitals and nursing homes, etc. are urged to introduce stricter restrictions on visits with immediate effect.

 

Urgent legislation allowing for the imposition of special measures

On Thursday, 12 March, 2020, the Danish government will make made an urgent proposals that will allow the authorities, if necessary, to force, for example, the closure of private institutions, schools and daycare centres, ban events and other congregations where many people are staying close together.

 

Prohibition of gathering more than 100 people indoors

It will be prohibited for fairs and event organisers/companies, etc. to gather more than 100 people indoors. The ban is issued as soon as the emergency legislation comes into force at the start of week 12 2020. Until the ban is issued, it is encouraged that it be followed and that in general, the opportunity to keep an appropriate distance between guests, visitors etc. is ensured. It is also recommended that no more than 100 people gather indoors under private forms.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs changes its travel advice

The travel advice guidelines follow global developments and change colour as infections, local restrictions, many Danes in countries with weak health systems in countries outside Europe dictate. Specifically, on 11 March, 2020, this means changes (orange) for areas in Germany, France and Switzerland and for the countries of Turkey, Thailand, Egypt and Vietnam. In addition, a special call for vulnerable groups to stay in Denmark.

 

Additional restrictions when entering Denmark

The Danish government is investigating the possibility of imposing additional restrictions on entry into Denmark. This applies, among other things. possibility of forced medical examination on arrival, possibility of forced quarantine on arrival from red areas, possibility of rejection of foreigners arriving from red and orange areas at the border. Furthermore, it is generally possible to prohibit passengers on ships, including cruise ships, ashore.
Any action is taken with due regard to the maintenance of the necessary supply chains, including food supply and to the grocery market, so as not to hinder, as far as possible, companies' ability to receive deliveries from or export goods abroad.

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