Copenhagen reintroduces one-direction restriction around City Lakes

Christian Wenande
December 15th, 2020

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With fitness centres closed and COVID-19 cases mounting, local politicians are concerned that more people are moving about outside

One-direction at the lakes again … and it’s not the boy band (photo: Christian Wenande)

In late October local politicians lifted the one-direction restriction around City Lakes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Copenhagen declined.

Now, with new records being set on a daily basis, City Hall has moved to reinitiate the measure – at least around Peblinge and Sortedams lakes.

The same restriction will also be reintroduced at the ramparts at Christianshavn – from Torvegade and up towards Amager Boulevard and Langebro Bridge.

“Copenhageners love to use the city and both the ramparts and lakes are popular places for taking walks. So we are reintroducing the one-way measure in these areas, as it was an initiative that proved useful during the summer,” said City Hall spokesperson, Jakob Hjuler Tamsmark.

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More could follow
The authorities believe that the recent government restrictions that closed fitness centres in the city would also likely lead to an influx of people jogging around the lakes. 

The municipality doesn’t expect to usher in the restriction elsewhere in the city, but is keeping a close eye on popular congregation areas.

The reason why the restrictions don’t encompass Sankt Jørgens Lake – the two city lakes nearest the Vesterbro district – is because it is used as a key bicycle route going in both directions. 

However, officials revealed that this could change if cases continue to mount.


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