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Police measures against COVID-19 in Denmark

Frequently asked questions and answers from Danish National Police about the Danish Government's efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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See Controlled reopening of Denmark

 

As part of the efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in Denmark, the Government and the authorities have taken a number of measures to reduce social contact, maintain social distancing and increase the effect of social distancing.

 

The ban applies from 18 March until 1 September 2020.

 

This Q&A has been updated with the elements of phase three of the agreement on the controlled reopening of Denmark that commenced on 8 July 2020.

 

Fines imposed for violation of restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak (in Danish)

Ban on events and gatherings with more than 100 participants

Yes. Events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location are banned.

 

This ban applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, and it applies to both public and private events etc.

The ban applies from 18 March 2020 until at least 8 July 2020.

A number of exemptions have been made,

The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens where 500 people are allowed to gather. However, this exemption to the ban on gatherings does not apply to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes.

The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people gathered at simultaneously the same location does not apply to premises, locations, events, activities etc. at which customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated.  

Due to the ban on gatherings, it is not allowed to host and attend indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 participants. However, this only applies if more than 100 people are gathered simultaneously at the same location.

One consequence is that it is possible to organise a race with more than 100 participants if the event is staggered so that 100 participants attending the race in the morning, and when they have gone home, they are replaced by the next 100 participants in the afternoon. It is possible for the same persons to attend both in the morning and in the afternoon as long as no more than 100 people are gathered simultaneously at the same location at any time.

Therefore, it is also possible to organise competitions, shows etc. with more than 100 participants if the competition, show etc. is organised so that there is a considerable physical distance between participants, which means in practice that the participants will not gather simultaneously at the same location. Such events could be boat and sailing races or similar major events at sea at which participants go in small groups and usually have a considerable distance between the boats. Golf tournaments, orienteering games and similar events with large physical distance between the individual participants or between the various small groups of participants will therefore normally be allowed.

The physical distance between participants must be maintained throughout the entire event. Accordingly, events etc. with more than 100 participants will normally not be allowed if more than 100 people gather before or after the event, for example at the starting line or for the prize ceremony, unless the participants are mainly seated.

In any case, no more than 500 people can attend.

Events etc. with more than 100 participants will not be allowed either in case the participants are spread out over a large physical area but still cross paths in connection with the event, for example a flea market at which stall are scattered over a large area, and people move around between the stalls, or an event in the nature of a music festival at which participants live in different sections, but gather for social activities, including in catering and bar areas.

Moreover, it is not sufficient for being exempt from the ban on gatherings that an event has been divided into sections by means of fences or the like. A festival with more than 100 participants gathered simultaneously at the same location does not become a lawful event merely by dividing the festival ground into sections by means of fences with no more than 100 people in each section. In such case, the persons attending the event are still at the same location. You forgot to add something here...
No. The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access. However, gatherings of more than 500 people are not allowed. 

Courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes are not exempted from the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people. 

Although the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people does not apply to homes and adjacent gardens, participants at private gatherings or events for more than 100 participants are urged to be seated when possible and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.
 

Basically yes. However, despite the ban, more than 100 people can go to a shop, a supermarket, an airport, a train station or the like and move around as usual.

 

The use of public transport (trains, busses, aeroplanes, ferries etc.) and ordinary physical presence at a workplace are not banned either. 

 

In general, people are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

 
 
 

Yes. The police have been authorised to interfere at public places if more than 100 people have gathered at the same location in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

 

The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

The police can order people to leave the place.

This applies from 18 March 2020 until 1 September 2020

 
 
 

 

 
 

Yes. The police can issue a temporary ban on loitering at certain locations with public access if it is the assessment of the police that a ban must be issued to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the relevant location and a dispersal order is deemed insufficient to prevent the risk of infection. Such locations could be parks or playgrounds. 

A ban on loitering means that loitering at the location is illegal. However, people can still move around in the area if it is an ordinary activity at the relevant location, such as a walk.  

A ban on loitering can be issued for a period of up to seven days and can subsequently be extended. Such ban must be displayed on signs and on the website of the police.

 
 
 

No. The ban on events etc. with more than 100 participants does not apply to political or other opinion-shaping gatherings.

 

However, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct. See also the leaflet of the Danish Health Authority with good advice on large public gatherings like demonstrations. The leaflet is available (in Danish) at www.sst.dk.

 

No. Police districts cannot give prior approval of events, activities etc., except for prior approval of drive-in events.

 

Police districts can only advise Danish citizens that the police will enforce the rules of the Executive Order. Police districts can also advise Danish citizens to look at Coronavirus/COVID-19 in Denmark for further information or call one of the call centres.

No. No curfew has been imposed. However, the police can order people to leave a place if there are more than 100 people and the police find that they have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

 

When exercising its discretionary right, the police must take into account the Danish Health Authority's general recommendations concerning the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

No requirement of social distancing has been made in relation to political or other opinion-shaping gatherings, and accordingly it is not possible to dissolve such gatherings due to the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. 

Political or other opinion-shaping gatherings are, however, urged to follow the health authorities' general recommendations to maintain social distancing and avoid physical contact with other people. Reference is also made to the advice given by the Danish Health Authority in the pamphlet entitled ‘Large public gatherings like demonstrations’ available (in Danish) at www.sst.dk.

 
General meetings etc. held by companies, trade unions and others normally fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than 100 being simultaneously at the same location. However, if participants are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

To be considered an event at which participants are mainly seated, the participants are not required to be seated all the time. At the opening of the event, participants could, for example, have coffee while standing, and afterwards they could be seated.
 
No. The rules do not apply to public and private hospitals and clinics nor to private clinics run by authorised healthcare professionals or at which authorised healthcare professionals are employed.

Yes. At a public playground, the police can issue a dispersal order if more than 100 people have gathered at the location in a way that is considered by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.
The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

This applies from 18 March 2020 until 1 September 2020.

 
 
 

It depends on the specific circumstances whether market days, flea markets etc. are allowed. An essential element of such assessment is whether the market etc. is deemed to be a draw to the local community.

If, for example, the markets are recurring annual events or more seasonal markets like flea markets at which a wide, non-specified group of people are allowed to put up stalls, such markets would normally fall within the scope of the ban and are therefore not allowed if more than 100 people are gathered simultaneously at the same location.

If, on the other hand, the market days or markets are held at weekly, monthly or other regular intervals and local traders, farmers etc. sell their produce/goods from separate stalls at a market or the like comparable to shops in a pedestrian street (in other words a fairly regular group), such activity is normally allowed. However, if there are other activities in addition to the stalls on market days, at marketplaces etc., such as music performances or other stage performances, the market falls within the scope of the ban.

The police can issue a dispersal order if more than 100 people have gathered at the location in a way that is considered by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

The police urge people to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

 

No. The ban does not apply to regular use of public transport. More than 100 people can therefore be in a train or bus, on a ferry etc. at the same time. Passengers can also wait for a train at the station or at a bus stop even though there are more than 100 people present. 

The National Police urge people to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct. 

 

Yes. The ban on hosting and attending indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes.
A private home can be both a person's permanent home and a person's leisure home, whether the property is owned or rented.

The police urge participants at private gatherings or events for more than 100 participants to be seated when possible and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

If a summerhouse is rented solely for the purpose of hosting a party or another event and the summerhouse thereby assumes the nature of a village hall or a function room, it might be determined due to the specific circumstances that the party or event with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location is not allowed unless the guests are mainly seated. The reason is that the summerhouse is no longer in the nature of a 'home'. It will be taken into account whether the summerhouse has been rented/used solely for a weekend stay, whether the tenant only stays in the summerhouse to prepare and host the party etc.
 

Yes. People living in flats, detached houses or similar residential buildings with access to shared outdoor areas are normally not required to watch out for the number of people present to make sure that there are no more than 100 people simultaneously using the area.

However, the ban on hosting and attending indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location also applies to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes.

The police can issue a dispersal order if more than 100 people have gathered in the shared outdoor area in a way that is considered by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

It depends on an assessment of the specific circumstances. If the distribution or sale is in the nature of a pre-announced event etc. and there are more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location who are not mainly seated, the distribution or sale falls within the scope of the ban.

Accordingly, it would be illegal to organise and attend an event announced on the social media involving the distribution of food or drinks for free if it is considered to be an event and if more than 100 people who are not mainly seated are gathered simultaneously at the same location.

If participants at an event etc. are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

All premises open to the public must observe the following requirements:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible.
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible – also at checkouts.

The police have also been authorised to interfere at public places if more than 100 people have gathered at the same location in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus, for example a pick-up queue. However, this does not apply if participants at the event are mainly seated and the event is not attended by more than 500 people. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

Yes. It is allowed to host or attend a party. However, the following rules apply depending on the venue of the party.

 

Parties in private homes/gardens:

  • The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens, but the ban on hosting and attending events etc. with more than 500 people gathered simultaneously at the same location still applies.
  • The ban on gatherings applies to community courtyards, shared courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes. However, if it is an event in a shared community courtyard or the like and participants are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.
  • There is no maximum on the duration of parties.
  • Even though the ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and gardens, participants are urged to be seated when possible if more than 100 participants are gathered simultaneously at the same location.

 

Parties at a restaurant or a hotel: 

  • The ban on events etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location normally still applies to restaurants, hotels etc. However, if the participants at the party are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.
  • Establishments selling food and possibly drinks, such as restaurants and hotels, must normally keep their premises and (outdoor) facilities closed to the public from midnight to 5 am. However, if a party is a private party attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access, the establishments can stay open from midnight to 5 am. Establishments can be open only for one event in each room or in each demarcated outdoor area.

 

Parties at a village hall, a rented function/banqueting room, a common house etc.:

  • The ban on events etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location normally also applies to village halls, rented function/banqueting rooms, common houses etc. However, if the participants at the party are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.
  • Normally, there is no maximum on the duration of parties. However, if the village hall provider etc. is also in charge of food and/or drinks for the party, the village hall is considered an establishment selling food etc. and is subject to the rules on closing hours applicable to restaurants etc. (see above).
  • No special rules on floor area etc. apply if private individuals rent a village hall etc. for a private party. However, private individuals renting a village hall etc. are urged to observe the requirements of floor area applicable to restaurants etc., that is, a floor area of at least two square metres for each guest at premises where people are mainly seated and otherwise a floor area of at least four square metres for each guest. 

Otherwise, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct in connection with parties and similar events. See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events at www.sst.dk.

 

Yes, but be aware that gatherings of more than 100 people are only allowed if the guests at the party are mainly seated throughout the party. However, this does not apply to parties held in private homes and adjacent gardens.

It might be considered a party at which the guests are mainly seated even though the newly married couple dances their wedding dance and the dance floor is open late at night.

Otherwise, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct in connection with parties and similar events. See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events at www.sst.dk.

 

Advice from the Danish Health Authority (in English)

See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events (in Danish)

The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access. As regards parties held at premises other than private homes, more than 100 people can attend the party only if the participants are mainly seated.

An assessment must be made of the specific circumstances of the full event. Accordingly, participants are not required to be seated during the entire event. Accordingly, it is possible to celebrate a birthday, graduation, confirmation or silver wedding anniversary with guests standing during the welcome reception, being seated during the dinner and being allowed the opportunity to dance later in the evening.

Otherwise, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct in connection with parties and similar events. See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events at www.sst.dk.

Advice from the Danish Health Authority (in English)

See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events (in Danish)

Yes. However, the ban on gatherings must be observed.

 

Therefore, no more than 100 people can gather simultaneously at the same location. However, if the participants at a party are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

Nightclubs, discotheques etc. must stay closed to the public. This also applies if it is on board a bus or a boat.

 

If people gather in a way that actually makes it an event in the nature of a music festival, it is the opinion of the National Police that it is an event falling within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location. This also applies even though there is no live music.
 
In the assessment of whether it is an event in the nature of a music festival, it will be taken into account whether the event has an event organiser, is separately promoted and has a specific name and a dedicated website, whether there are official start and closing times, whether there is a dedicated box office, and whether specific activities, bars, food stalls etc. have been set up for the event. It is not a requirement that all elements must be present, and other elements may also contribute to creating an event in the nature of a music festival.

The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. However, gatherings of more than 500 people being simultaneously at the same location are not allowed.

No. Court hearings do not fall within the scope of the Executive Order. 

However, the National Police urge people to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

 
 
 
 

 

 

No. The emergency childcare and the emergency education programmes set up by day-care facilities, institutions, schools etc. do not fall within the scope of the ban.
This also applies to activities organised outside the premises or locations usually at the disposal of the day-care facilities, institutions, schools etc.

Day-care facilities, schools etc. can therefore organise outings, school camps etc. even though there are more than 100 people gathering simultaneously at the same location.

However, parents must be aware that the ban on gatherings still applies when children are dropped off and picked up.


Ordinary physical presence at a workplace is allowed. Depending on circumstances, movie shootings, including movie shootings in public spaces, may be deemed to be ordinary physical presence at the TV or film producers' workplace. The shooting of TV programmes/movies is therefore normally not considered an event/activity that falls within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location. However, it depends on the specific circumstances in each individual case.

 
Enforcement and sanctions

The police can apply the necessary force as defined in the Police Act to enforce the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location in connection with indoor or outdoor events etc.

Moreover, fines can be issued for violation of a ban or an order issued in pursuance of the Executive Order.

 
 
 

Any owner of a business like a discotheque who does not observe the requirement to keep his or her premises closed to the public may be liable to a fine.

Moreover, a natural or legal person who is not required to keep his/her/its premises closed to the public may be liable to a fine if s/he does not follow the rules requiring him/her/it to:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible.  
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

The police can also order a natural or legal person to close his/her/its premises to the public for a specific period if the police find that the natural or legal person has not observed the above-mentioned requirements and it is not likely that the natural or legal person will observe the requirements in future. The police can issue a fine to the natural or legal person for failing to comply with the order. 

The police can impose a fine on a person for not following the directions to leave a place, and the police can apply force to remove persons from a place, if necessary.

No. The police can only order natural and legal persons to keep certain premises closed to the public.

 

A 'natural or legal person' is the owner of the relevant business/shop, but not the paid staff members. Accordingly, only the owner of the relevant business/shop can be punished for not observing the requirement to keep certain premises closed, not the paid staff members. 

 
Nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and gambling arcades

Yes. Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for consumption on-site can stay open from 5 am to midnight. This applies to both indoor and outdoor areas.

Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for consumption on-site comprise dining places such as restaurants and cafes, bars such as wine bars, cocktail bars and pubs, and places like hookah cafes.

All establishments must normally stay closed from midnight to 5 am, except for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access. Only one event can be held in the same room or in another limited area of the premises.

Moreover, restaurants and cafes etc. can sell takeaway food and drinks from midnight to 5 am if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation, but during that period they cannot make their outdoor seating areas available to guests who want to consume food or drinks sold by the relevant restaurant or cafe. Restaurants and cafes cannot be required to remove tables and chairs in their outdoor seating areas from midnight to 5 am, but if an owner does not arrange the removal of tables and chairs or rope off or otherwise seal off the area, the owner must display signs saying that eating, drinking and smoking is prohibited at the tables of the restaurant/cafe during that period.

If takeaway customers of a restaurant or cafe use the outdoor seating area of another establishment between midnight and 5 am to consume food and/or drinks purchased at the restaurant or cafe, it might be determined due to the specific circumstances that the restaurant etc. has the outdoor seating area of another establishment at its disposal. That might be the case if the two establishments have agreed so, or it is otherwise obvious that an establishment attempts to circumvent the ban by having the outdoor seating area of another establishment at its disposal, for example if the restaurant advises its guest to use the outdoor seating area of another establishment.

All establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for consumption on-site, that is, all restaurants, cafes, bars etc., and all restaurants and cafes selling takeaway food and drinks must observe the following directions at their premises:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands. 
  • Ensure that the layout of the premises is designed as far as possible to minimise the risk of infection, including that it must be possible for customers, visitors and participants to maintain social distance – also at checkouts 

The ban on staying open from midnight to 5 am, except for takeaway food and drinks and to a certain extent also private parties, applies from 18 May 2020 until at least 1 September 2020.

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has collaborated with the relevant authorities, business and industry and the labour market parties to prepare guidelines for a careful layout of restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, hotels, holiday resorts etc. in light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (guidelines agreed by the sector partnership). The recommended guidelines have been uploaded to  www.virksomhedsguiden.dk

 

Yes. Pubs, wine bars, cocktail bars etc. are allowed to stay open from 5 am to midnight. Moreover, all establishments selling drinks etc. can stay open from midnight to 5 am for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access.

 

If they stay open, they must:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible.
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Ensure that the layout of the premises is designed as far as possible to minimise the risk of infection, including that it must be possible for customers, visitors and participants to maintain social distance – also at checkouts.

Discotheques, nightclubs and the like must still stay closed. In the assessment of whether a venue is a discotheque, a nightclub or the like falling within the scope of the temporary ban, it must be taken into account whether there are only few seats, whether there is a dance floor, whether its principal activity is not the sale of food and whether it has been granted a licence for extended opening hours. However, it is irrelevant for this assessment whether or not it is called a discotheque.

 

Following an assessment of the specific circumstances, a bar with only few seats, a dance floor, no sale of food and usually late-night opening hours may therefore fall within the scope of the temporary ban, whereas in light of the circumstances, a nightclub that puts chairs and tables on the dance floor and otherwise rearranges the premises to resemble a more traditional bar may open. If the venue opens, the above requirements must be observed.

 

The temporary ban preventing discotheques, nightclubs etc. from reopening applies from 18 May 2020 until at least 1 September 2020.

 

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has collaborated with the relevant authorities, business and industry and the labour market parties to prepare guidelines for a careful layout of restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, hotels, holiday resorts etc. in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. The recommended guidelines have been uploaded to virksomhedsguiden.dk.

No. Discotheques, nightclubs and the like must still stay closed.

In the assessment of whether a venue is a discotheque, a nightclub or the like falling within the scope of the temporary ban, it must be taken into account whether there are only few seats, whether there is a dance floor, whether its principal activity is not the sale of food and whether it has been granted a licence for extended opening hours. However, it is irrelevant for this assessment whether or not it is called a discotheque.

Following an assessment of the specific circumstances, a bar with only few seats, a dance floor, no sale of food and usually late-night opening hours may therefore fall within the scope of the temporary ban, whereas in light of the circumstances, a nightclub that puts chairs and tables on the dance floor and otherwise rearranges the premises to resemble a more traditional bar may open. If the venue opens, the above requirements must be observed. 

Music venues fall within the temporary ban on staying open.

The temporary ban on staying open applies from 18 May 2020 until at least 1 September 2020.

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has collaborated with the relevant authorities, business and industry and the labour market parties to prepare guidelines for a careful layout of restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, hotels, holiday resorts etc. in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. The recommended guidelines have been uploaded to virksomhedsguiden.dk.

Music venues with a seated audience can stay open. However, a maximum of 500 people can be allowed access to the music venue.

 

If they stay open, they must:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Ensure that the layout of the premises is designed as far as possible to minimise the risk of infection, including that it must be possible for customers, visitors and participants to maintain social distance – also at checkouts.

Music venues with a standing audience still fall within the scope of the temporary ban on staying open.

Yes. As from 8 June 2020, gambling arcades are allowed to open again. This applies regardless of whether the gambling arcade is located in conjunction with a kiosk, a pub etc., or whether the gambling arcade is located separately.

All establishments selling food etc. must normally stay closed from midnight to 5 am. This applies to both indoor and outdoor areas.

However, sausage stands, shawarma restaurants, pizzerias etc. can sell takeaway food and drinks from midnight to 5 am if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation, but during that period they cannot make their outdoor seating areas available to guests who want to consume food or drinks sold by the relevant sausage stands, shawarma restaurants, pizzerias etc. Sausage stands, shawarma restaurants, pizzerias etc. cannot be required to remove tables and chairs in their outdoor seating areas from midnight to 5 am, but if an owner does not arrange the removal of tables and chairs or rope off or otherwise seal off the area, the owner must display signs saying that eating, drinking and smoking is prohibited at the tables of the sausage stand, shawarma restaurant, pizzeria etc. during that period.

If guests of a restaurant or cafe use the outdoor seating area of another establishment between midnight and 5 am to consume food and/or drinks purchased at the restaurant or cafe, it might be determined due to the specific circumstances that the restaurant etc. has the outdoor seating area of another establishment at its disposal. That might be the case if the two establishments have agreed so, or it is otherwise obvious that an establishment attempts to circumvent the ban by having the outdoor seating area of another establishment at its disposal, for example if the restaurant advises its guest to use the outdoor seating area of another establishment. 
 
All restaurants, cafes etc. selling takeaway food and drinks must observe the following directions at their premises:

 
  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer or guest. 
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers and guests to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Ensure that the layout of the premises is designed as far as possible to minimise the risk of infection, including that it must be possible for customers and guests to maintain social distance – also at checkouts.

The requirements apply from 18 March 2020 until at least 1 September 2020.

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has collaborated with the relevant authorities, business and industry and the labour market parties to prepare guidelines for a careful layout of restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, hotels, holiday resorts etc. in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. The recommended guidelines have been uploaded to virksomhedsguiden.dk.

Yes. Workplace canteens can serve food to employees if the businesses/institutions have not closed down. This also applies in case a workplace canteen is operated by an independent contractor. 

In these situations, the Danish Health Authority's recommendations should be observed by the service provider to ensure that the layout of the premises is designed as far as possible to minimise the risk of infection, including that it must be possible for consumers in workplace canteens to maintain social distance, and that to the extent possible there is access to water and soap or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%).
 

Yes. Hotels are allowed to stay open.

It is normally prohibited to organise or attend events, activities etc. for more than 100 people at or in a hotel. If participants at an event, such as a wedding, are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

Please note that the police can issue a dispersal order if more than 100 people have gathered in a public place in a way that is considered by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this does not apply to an otherwise lawful gathering, for example a wedding where participants are mainly seated.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

Restaurants and cafes etc. of hotels are allowed to stay open from 5 am to midnight. From midnight to 5 am, the establishments are allowed to sell takeaway food and drinks if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation. Establishments can also stay open for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access.

All hotel facilities open to the public must also:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
Shopping arcades, shopping centres, department stores etc.

Yes. All shops are allowed to stay open, but they are required to:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands. 
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

The requirements apply from 18 March 2020 until at least 1 September 2020.

 

No. Only employees and other persons admitted to the premises are required to wear gloves, and they have to do so only when selling and otherwise distributing non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands. 

 

Shops must make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers and visitors to the extent possible.


Yes. As from 11 May 2020, indoor as well as outdoor shopping centres, department stores, shopping arcades etc. have been allowed to stay open. However, it is necessary to observe the current restrictions, according to which the locations are required to:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
Moreover, the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has prepared guidelines for a careful layout of shopping centres, department stores, shopping arcades, bazaars etc., which provide recommendations on how businesses can adapt the layout of their premises in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. 
 
Trade fairs are usually held at exhibition centres or similar professional venues with several separate exhibition stalls and professional staff. The purpose of trade fairs and exhibitions is normally to present goods, articles etc. related to a particular theme, such as travels, books, animals and cars, but not (as an independent purpose) to make direct sales to consumers.

Where a trade fair is held as specified above, the ban on gatherings does not apply.

The organisers of trade fairs and exhibitions at which visitors move around and visit the stalls of various exhibitors are advised to observe the directions for shopping centres, department stores, shopping arcades etc. where customers move around in a similar manner to visit several shops. The guidelines are available at www.coronasmitte.dk.
 
Sports and recreational facilities etc.

Premises for sports and recreational activities, including gambling arcades, water parks, play areas, public swimming pools and fitness centres, can open again as from 8 June 2020.

However, events, activities etc. with more than 100 participants gathering simultaneously at the same location are still banned unless the participants are mainly seated.

The ban on gatherings does not extend to professional sports, including the top two male football leagues, the top female football league, the top male handball league, the top female handball league, the top male ice hockey league, the top badminton league, harness races and gallop races at the nine commercial horse racing tracks with licenced drivers and riders as well as other professional branches of sports in which most athletes make a living as athletes. Nor does the ban extend to athletes at senior international level whose primary source of income is their athlete's salary, or who belong to one of the athlete categories of Team Denmark or have been nominated or selected for the Olympic/Paralympic Games.

The situations exempted from the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location are still subject to the ban on gatherings of more than 500 people.


As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for resuming indoor activities of sports clubs and associations as well as reopening sports and association facilities (phases two and three). The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to www.kum.dk.
 

Yes. Premises of private associations can stay open. However, events, activities etc. with more than 100 participants present are still banned unless the participants are mainly seated.

Premises that are open to the public must observe the following requirements:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each - customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
     
 
Yes. As from 8 June 2020, it is allowed to use indoor sports facilities, including riding halls. 

The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people at events, activities etc., must still be observed. However, up to 500 participants can attend an event etc. if the participants are mainly seated.
 

 
Yes. Both indoor and outdoor riding lessons are allowed. However, the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people must still be observed. 
 
Yes. Riding school students are allowed to prepare and care for horses in the stables. 
Yes. Clubs in the 3F Super League and the NordicBet League are allowed to play football again.

According to the rules of the Executive Order on Football Matches in the 3F Super League While Controlling COVID-19, more than 500 people can attend the last matches in the 3F Super League in the 2019/2020 season. However, it is a prerequisite that the National Police have made a decision on the maximum number of people allowed.

As regards the NordicBet League, up to 500 people (including players, coaches, audience etc.) can attend matches if the audience are mainly seated.
 
Yes. The ban on gatherings does not apply to professional sports, including leagues with professional athletes and individual athletes at senior international level whose primary source of income is their athlete's salary, or who belong to one of the athlete categories of Team Denmark or have been nominated or selected for the Olympic/Paralympic Games.

As regards audience, the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people still applies, unless the audience are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people (including players, coaches, audience etc.) can attend. As regards the last matches in the 3F Super League in the 2019/2020 season, the National Police may allow a larger number of people if the person responsible for the individual football stadium lodges an application to this effect with the National Police.
 

Yes. Fitness centres etc. can open again as from 8 June 2020. 

The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people at events, activities etc., must still be observed. If group fitness activities are organised at a fitness studio etc., the activities usually fall within the scope of the ban on activities and events with more than 100 participants. If participants at an activity etc. are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

If the fitness facility is open to the public and there are more than 100 people together even though it is not considered an activity or event as such, the police can order the people to leave the place if the police find that there is a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this does not apply if participants at the event etc. are mainly seated. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing. 


If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.


The ban on gatherings of more than 50 people at events, activities etc., must still be observed. If group fitness activities are organised in a public place, the activities usually fall within the scope of the ban on activities and events with more than 50 participants.

As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for resuming indoor activities of sports clubs and associations as well as reopening sports and association facilities (phases two and three). The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to www.kum.dk

 

New rules were adopted on 8 May 2020. According to the new rules, the Executive Order does not extend to professional sports, including the top two male football leagues, the top female football league, the top male handball league, the top female handball league, the top male ice hockey league, the top badminton league, harness races and gallop races at the nine commercial horse racing tracks with licenced drivers and riders as well as other professional branches of sports in which most athletes make a living as athletes. Nor does the ban extend to athletes at senior international level whose primary source of income is their athlete's salary, or who belong to one of the athlete categories of Team Denmark or have been nominated or selected for the Olympic/Paralympic Games.


Yes, if activities are performed in groups of no more than 100 people (including coaches, parents etc.). If there are more groups of no more than 100 people gathering simultaneously at the same sports facility, it must be ensured that the distance between the groups is sufficient to prevent them from constituting one big group. One way of achieving this is to divide the area into sections with a clear distance between the individual sections and allocate a separate section to each group.

If training sessions can be organised for groups of no more than 100 people and the groups are effectively separated, have their own coaches and otherwise observe the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, it is possible to have several concurrent training sessions. 

What is essential is that the individual groups are effectively separated so that it can be determined in the specific circumstances that they are individual groups of no more than 100 people.

However, if participants at an event etc. are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.


 

Yes. Shows etc. can be organised if no more than 100 people gather simultaneously at the same location. The group of 100 people comprises everybody taking part in the event, such as athletes, referees, audience, helpers, coaches etc. However, if participants are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

It is also possible to organise shows etc. with staggered starts as long as no more than 100 people gather simultaneously at the same location. Examples are football cups, horse shows etc., which can be scheduled with a morning programme attended by up to 100 people, who will subsequently go home, and an afternoon programme with 100 other people attending the cup, show etc.

Nothing prevents the same persons from attending more than one programme component of a cup or show with staggered starts. However, the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location must be observed. Persons attending more than one programme component must be included in the count of participants at all the programme components attended by such persons.

Moreover, it is also possible to organise events with more than 100 participants if the event is organised so that there is a considerable physical distance between participants, which means in practice that the participants will not gather simultaneously at the same location. Such events could be boat and sailing races or similar major events at sea at which participants go in small groups and usually have a considerable distance between the boats. Golf tournaments, orienteering games and similar events with large physical distance between the individual participants or between the various small groups of participants will therefore normally be allowed.

The physical distance between participants must be maintained throughout the event. Accordingly, events etc. with more than 100 participants will normally not be allowed if more than 100 people gather before or after the event, for example at the starting line or for the prize ceremony, unless the participants are mainly seated.

In any case, no more than 500 people can attend.

 
Yes, if activities are performed in groups of no more than 100 people (including leaders, parents etc.). If there are more groups of no more than 100 people within the same area at the same time, it must be ensured that the distance between the groups is sufficient to prevent them from constituting one big group. One way of achieving this is to divide the area into sections with a clear distance between the individual sections and allocate a separate section to each group.

If the activity can be organised for groups of no more than 100 people and the groups are effectively separated, have their own leaders and otherwise observe the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, it is possible to have several concurrent activities.

What is essential is that the individual groups are effectively separated so that it can be determined in the specific circumstances that they are individual groups of no more than 100 people.

However, if participants at an event etc. are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

Yes. Treetop adventure parks are allowed to stay open. 

Please note that the police can issue a dispersal order if more than 100 people have gathered in a public place in a way that is considered by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. 

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

All visitor facilities open to the public in tree-top adventure parks must also:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible.
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

In general, treetop adventure parks are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

 

No. It is allowed to play golf. However, events and activities at the golf clubhouse, on the green etc. with more than 100 participants gathered simultaneously at the same location are still banned.

However, it is possible to organise events with more than 100 participants if the event is organised so that there is a considerable physical distance between participants, which means in practice that the participants will not gather simultaneously at the same location. However, a maximum of 500 people can attend the event.

Moreover, events attended by up to 500 people are allowed even though participants do not maintain a considerable physical distance if the participants are mainly seated.

Where more than 100 people have gathered in a public place, including at a golf course, even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this does not apply if the people present are mainly seated.

The police urge people to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

Yes. Facilities of sports and recreational clubs, such as clubhouses, including toilet facilities, showers and changing rooms, are allowed to stay open.

It is not allowed to organise or attend events and activities at or in a clubhouse etc. with more than 100 participants gathered simultaneously at the same location unless the participants at the event etc. are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people can attend.

Where more than 100 people have gathered in a public place, including at facilities connected to a sports or recreational activity, even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this does not apply if the people present are mainly seated.

 

Rules were adopted on 8 May 2020. The rules of the Executive Order do not extend to professional sports, including the top two male football leagues, the top female football league, the top male handball league, the top female handball league, the top male ice hockey league, the top badminton league, harness races and gallop races at the nine commercial horse racing tracks with licenced drivers and riders as well as other professional branches of sports in which most athletes make a living as athletes. Nor does the ban extend to athletes at senior international level whose primary source of income is their athlete's salary, or who belong to one of the athlete categories of Team Denmark or have been nominated or selected for the Olympic/Paralympic Games.

As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for resuming indoor activities of sports clubs and associations as well as reopening sports and association facilities (phases two and three). The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to www.kum.dk

As from 8 June 2020, public cultural and recreational institutions can open premises for sports and recreational activities, including gambling arcades, play areas, water parks, public swimming pools and fitness centres. Premises used as music venues with a standing audience must stay closed to the public.

Restaurants and cafes at public cultural and recreational institutions are allowed to stay open from 5 am to midnight. Moreover, the establishments are allowed to stay open to sell food and drinks not consumed on-site (takeaway) from midnight to 5 am if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation. Establishments can also stay open from midnight to 5 am for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access.

Premises of public cultural and recreational institutions open to the public must:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area. 
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
     

Yes. The letting of camping sites and cabins is not banned by legislation. Pertaining activities like indoor play areas, water parks, gambling arcades etc. can open as from 8 June 2020. 

Restaurants and cafes at camping areas and holiday resorts are allowed to stay open from 5 am to midnight. Moreover, the establishments are allowed to stay open to sell food and drinks not consumed on-site (takeaway) from midnight to 5 am if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation. Other premises at camping areas and holiday resorts such as kiosks, shared kitchen facilities as well as shower and toilet facilities can also stay open. Establishments can also stay open from midnight to 5 am for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access.

Premises open to the public must:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
     

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct to the extent possible.

Yes. Outdoor swimming areas, outdoor swimming pools etc. can stay open. 

 

However, it is not allowed to organise or attend events, activities etc. with more than 100 participants, such as a water polo tournament and water aerobics classes, at or in outdoor swimming areas, outdoor swimming pools etc., unless the participants/the audience are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people can gather simultaneously at the same location.

Where more than 100 people have gathered in a public place, including in and at an outdoor swimming area, an outdoor swimming pool etc., even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this does not apply if the participants/the audience at the event etc. are mainly seated.

 

Pertaining toilet facilities, changing rooms and showers can open if the requirements of a minimum free floor area, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene are met. 

All visitor facilities open to the public at the outdoor swimming area/swimming pool must also:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. .
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for resuming outdoor activities of sports clubs and associations. The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to www.kum.dk.  

Yes. Indoor water parks and public swimming pools can open again as from 8 June 2020.

All premises open to the public must:

  • - Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • - Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for resuming indoor activities of sports clubs and associations as well as reopening sports and association facilities (phases two and three). The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to www.kum.dk.

Internet cafes, pottery cafes etc. can open again as from 8 June 2020.  
 
Cafes must:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to guests and visitors to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.
     

Yes. Zoos, animal parks, public aquariums etc. can stay open.

Premises at zoos open to the public must:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct to the extent possible.

Yes. Circus shows with a seated audience of no more than 500 participants are allowed.

 

Premises open to the public must:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct to the extent possible.

Yes. Permanent and mobile amusement parks etc., including their indoor premises, can stay open. However, it is not allowed to organise or attend events, activities etc. with more than 100 participants gathered simultaneously at the same location, unless the participants/the audience are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people can attend.

The ban on gatherings does not apply to amusement facilities at permanent and mobile amusement parks. More than 100 people can therefore be at the amusement facilities.


However, permanent and mobile amusement parks etc. must keep closed to the public all amusement rides whose operating mode is not safe in view of the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. In the assessment of whether amusement facilities must be kept closed, it must be taken into account whether the amusement ride has strong movements or rotation and whether the amusement ride triggers screaming and shouting. However, an amusement facility can stay open if barrier screens have been mounted to effectively prevent the spread of infection or if there is only one party on each ride.

 

As of 3 July 2020, an experiment has been initiated with face masks on high-speed rides, which means that the rides that would otherwise have to be closed can run at full capacity if the persons on the ride wear face masks.

Restaurants, ice cream vendors, souvenir shops etc. at permanent and mobile amusement parks can stay open.


No. Recreational angling at a put-and-take fishery is not an event, activity or the like that falls within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people being simultaneously at the same location. Ordinary visits to a put-and-take fishery are therefore allowed, normally even if there are more than 100 people.

However, if an event or activity such as an angling event for more than 100 people is organised at a put-and-take fishery, the event will fall within the scope of the ban.
It always depends on an assessment of the specific circumstances whether it is an event, activity or the like.

Where more than 100 people have gathered in a public place, including at a put-and-take fishery, even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

However, the police urge people to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

Drive-in events fall within the scope of the Executive Order on Public Entertainment. Prior permission to hold an event must therefore be obtained from the police. The police may issue conditions for a permission, including conditions intended to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and conditions intended to maintain peace and order. A safety plan must be prepared for certain events.

Restaurants and cafes are allowed to stay open from 5 am to midnight to sell food and drinks. Moreover, the establishments are allowed to stay open to sell food and drinks not consumed on-site (takeaway) from midnight to 5 am if they have the requisite licences under other relevant legislation.

Where more than 100 people have gathered in a public place even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. 

Stage performances etc. that are not otherwise allowed cannot be made lawful by being converted into a drive-in event.
Yes. Therefore, dog training lessons and other group activities can be organised when no more than 100 people gather simultaneously at the same location for the activity. If participants (including the audience) are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend.

Yes. Guests at pubs etc. can use pool tables, jukeboxes, dart games, slot machines etc.

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) has collaborated with the relevant authorities, business and industry and the labour market parties to prepare guidelines for a careful layout of restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, hotels, holiday resorts etc. in light of the outbreak of COVID-19, including on the cleaning of common contact points. The recommended guidelines have been uploaded to virksomhedsguiden.dk.


Yes, museums are allowed to stay open. Restaurants and cafes at museums are also allowed to stay open to sell food and drinks.

Museums open to the public must:

 

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts. 
 

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct to the extent possible.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct to the extent possible.

Yes. The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people does not apply to summer holiday activities like summer camps, football schools etc. for children and young people up to the age of 25, whether alone or with their families, if the summer holiday activities are organised by public authorities, organisations, associations, clubs, businesses or cultural institutions. This applies both to activities with and without overnight accommodation, and to stays, trips and outings which are a natural element of the summer holiday activities.

However, gatherings of more than 500 people being simultaneously at the same location are still not allowed.
The same rules apply to swinger clubs as to other clubs. Swinger clubs are therefore normally allowed to stay open. 

However, if the club is an establishment selling food etc., it must stay closed to the public between midnight and 5 am like all other establishments, but not for private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other and to which only persons attending the event have access. It is determined based on the specific circumstances whether the venue is considered an establishment selling food etc.  

If it is a venue in the nature of a nightclub, a discotheque or the like, it must stay closed to the public just like other nightclubs and discotheques. Whether the swinger club is a venue in the nature of a nightclub etc. must be determined based on the specific circumstances. In that connection, it is irrelevant whether or not it is called a discotheque or a nightclub.

If events etc. are organised at a swinger club, the ban on gatherings applies. In that case, no more than 100 people can attend.
Religious ceremonies etc.

Yes. The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people does not apply at premises usually at the disposal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities, whereas the ban on gatherings of more than 500 people still applies.

Premises at the disposal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities include church buildings, synagogues, mosques, chapels, parish halls, church classrooms and pastors' residences owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities. Premises rented or borrowed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or other religious communities from a third party are also comprised by the scope of the ban. To be considered 'premises', the facility must normally consist of one or more rooms in real property. However, based on the specific circumstances, a tent may be considered to be premises. What is essential is whether the tent etc. is considered to be a venue in the nature of premises, for example because it has solid walls, heavy flooring, heating etc. Similarly, based on the specific circumstances, a venue like a caravan may also be considered to be premises if the caravan is not used as a vehicle, but is used in a manner comparable to that of premises.

The police cannot issue a dispersal order if the police find that the people present constitute a particular risk of infection with novel coronavirus.

Nor does the maximum number of participants of 100 apply to burial and funeral services, including graveside services at cemeteries in connection with funerals, whereas the limit of 500 people still applies.

However, the requirements of a minimum free floor area, layout, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene that are applicable to premises open to the public must be met for premises of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities to be open to people.

Outside their regular premises, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities fall within the scope of the current ban on gatherings of more than 100 people if religious ceremonies are performed outside of premises that are usually at the disposal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or another religious community, in which cases the police have the right to issue a dispersal order. This also applies to events like walking funeral processions as a walking funeral procession will not be considered part of a funeral service and is therefore subject to the maximum number of 100 participants. However, if participants at an event etc. are mainly seated, up to 500 people can attend, and the police cannot order people to leave the place.

Moreover, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

If the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities borrow or let their premises to clubs, associations, private individuals etc., the borrowers/tenants must observe the applicable rules banning gatherings etc.

 
No. Ordinary religious services and prayers, such as Friday prayers, are not opinion-shaping gatherings. 
Yes. The religious ceremony can be performed if the ceremony is held at the premises of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or another religious community. In that case, the requirements of a minimum free floor area, layout, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene must be met, and the limit of 500 people must always be observed.

If the ceremony is performed outdoors, the ceremony can be attended by no more than 100 people, inclusive of the representatives of the church, unless the participants at an event etc. are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people can attend.

Persons wanting to host a party or otherwise celebrate a religious ceremony are advised to see the answer to the question 'Are individuals allowed to host or attend a party?' 
Service providers having close in-person contact with clients and customers, such as hairdressers

Yes. Tattooists, body piercers, spa clinics, body lounges, beauty parlours, massage parlours, hairdressers and other premises at which clients are offered services involving close physical contact between the service provider and the client as well as on tanning studios are allowed to stay open as the temporary ban was lifted on 20 April 2020. 

 

They are, however, required to:

  • Ensure a free floor area of at least four square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, at premises where customers, visitors or participants are mainly seated, one customer, visitor or participant is allowed for each two square metres of floor area. 
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home.
  • Display information posters on good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. 
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible. 
  • Ensure that employees and other persons admitted to the premises use gloves when selling and delivering non-wrapped food if they touch the food with their hands.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants – also at checkouts.

Yes. Spa clinics and beauty parlours can stay open and provide services involving close physical contact with clients. Premises with saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths and the like can open again as from 8 June 2020. 

Yes. The rules of the Executive Order do not apply to public and private hospitals and clinics nor to private clinics and shops run by authorised healthcare professionals or at which authorised healthcare professionals are employed. 

Authorised healthcare professionals are persons listed in the Authorisation Register within one of the following categories:

  • Nurse
  • Social and healthcare assistant
  • Medical doctor
  • Dentist
  • Paramedic
  • Prosthetist and orthotist
  • Prescribing pharmacist
  • Medical laboratory technologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Chiropodist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Midwife
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical dietician
  • Clinical dental technician
  • Osteopath (including any non-authorised osteopath practising under the transition scheme)
  • Optician and optometrist
  • Radiographer
  • Dental hygienist
 

Theory training classes are considered events within the meaning of the Executive Order. Theory training classes are therefore allowed only for groups of no more than 100 people, unless the participants are mainly seated. In that case, up to 500 people can attend.

If classes are held in premises open to the public, the requirements of a minimum free floor area, layout, information posters and the possibility of maintaining good hygiene must be met.

Driving lessons have been allowed again since 20 April 2020.

However, driving schools are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

The police started conducting driving tests and driving theory tests again on 29 April 2020. 

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