Government unveils more stringent COVID-19 restrictions

Bars, restaurants and cinemas to close, and children to be sent home from school in dozens of municipalities until at least January 3

Tough times ahead, said Frederiksen (photo: screenshot)
December 7th, 2020 12:33 pm| by Christian W

In a press conference just moments ago, the PM Mette Frederiksen revealed that a considerable part of Denmark is entering into partial lockdown mode as of Wednesday in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The new restrictions means that all bars, restaurants (takeaway permitted), cinemas, museums and theatres will close down in a significant portion of the country.

Furthermore, all students from 5th grade and up will be sent home and public workers in non-critical jobs will be sent home to work.

The private sector is also encouraged to do so.

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Current restrictions extended until end of Feb
38 municipalities (listed in fact box below) are encompassed by the new restrictions, the vast majority being in Zealand and particularly the Copenhagen area.

However, Aarhus and Odense municipalities are also listed.

The new restrictions will initially last until January 3.

Additionally, Frederiksen announced that the restrictions which are already in place nationwide – such as face mask restrictions and the gathering limit of 10 – will be extended until 28 February 2021.

“I’ll make it short. The infection rate is too high and the developments are concerning,” said Frederiksen. 

“If the infection rate remains too high as we enter the Christmas period, we risk the pandemic getting out of control.”

The government also urged the public to be vigilant during the Christmas and New Year period in terms of limiting the number of people you see.

Municipalities affected by new restrictions are:

  1. Albertslund
  2. Allerød
  3. Ballerup
  4. Brøndby
  5. Dragør
  6. Egedal
  7. Faxe
  8. Fredensborg
  9. Frederiksberg
  10. Frederikssund
  11. Furesø
  12. Gentofte
  13. Gladsaxe
  14. Glostrup
  15. Greve
  16. Gribskov
  17. Halsnæs
  18. Helsingør
  19. Herlev
  20. Hillerød
  21. Hvidovre
  22. Høje-Taastrup
  23. Hørsholm
  24. Ishøj
  25. Copenhagen
  26. Køge
  27. Lejre
  28. Lyngby-Tårbæk
  29. Odense
  30. Roskilde
  31. Rudersdal
  32. Rødovre
  33. Slagelse
  34. Solrød
  35. Tårnby
  36. Vallensbæk
  37. Vordingborg
  38. Aarhus