More reopenings: Efterskole students returning from today; partial returns for other school children; good news for large stores

Today’s reopenings will see thousands of children return to education across Denmark – most notably efterskole and full-time folk high students.

Previously, only efterskole schools on Bornholm and in north and west Jutland had been permitted to open.

Public schools on islands without bridges can open up entirely, thus following the lead of Bornholm, where the general assembly limit has been raised from five to ten.

Partially returning
Graduating students at public schools (Grade 9) and gymnasiums (typically ages 18-19) in east Jutland, south Jutland, Funen, west Zealand and South Zealand are also returning, albeit at a 50 percent capacity. 

In other areas of the country, the graduating students can return for one day a week.

The same is true for Grades 5-8 at the public schools, who will be able to return for one day a week, as will the first and second year students at the gymnasiums. Preferably they should spend the day outside.

At the gymnasiums, a corona test taken within the last 72 hours is a requirement. For younger students it is a recommendation. 

Grades 0-4 returned to school in early February

Good news for department stores
Large shops (in excess of 5,000 sqm) can now reopen, providing they can demonstrate they can restrict the number of their customers to 250.

Failing that, they can continue with the appointment system some of the stores have been using.

In stores of less than 2,000 sqm, at least 10 sqm per customer is needed; in stores of 2,000-5000 sqm, 20 sqm is required.

It would appear that large stores in shopping centres will remain closed, unless they have their own outdoor entrance.