Danish PM promises national reopening action plan by March 23

Schedule should finally give pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and higher education a good idea about when they can open

Speaking on television this morning, PM Mette Frederiksen revealed that a national reopening schedule should be confirmed by no later than Tuesday March 23.

This means the country’s pubs and restaurants should finally get some kind of indication when they will be allowed to reopen, as well as higher education and indoor cultural locations such as theatres and cinemas.

Thanks to our “letters of freedom”
Frederiksen even mentioned the possibility of there being a few music festivals this summer. In fact she said she was “optimistic that a program is within reach”.

“I believe as prime minister that it is within reach that we can sit again and listen to a concert, and that there will be festivals again where we stand close [to one another] and that we get a cultural life that is alive again,” she told TV2.

“It has a lot to do with vaccinations, and that we Danes have become insanely good at letting ourselves be tested.”

Vaccines, according to the PM, are our “letters of freedom”.

Vaccination completion uncertainty continues
However, Frederiksen could not confirm that the entire nation will be fully vaccinated by July 18. 

News today from key vaccine supplier AstraZeneca has thrown more uncertainty onto that date, and the new worst-case scenario completion date is in mid-August, although Pfizer yesterday confirmed it will be able to deliver more than promised.

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“We are deeply dependent on a few pharmaceutical companies, and when they postpone their deliveries, our plan is also postponed,” she explained. “That is why I have been incredibly busy securing more.”