Great news for events, but supermarkets decide to maintain corona restrictions despite permission to lift them

Since Saturday, facemasks have no longer been required whilst boarding or standing on public transport, after the government decided to bring forward the discontinuation from September 1. More people can also attend events indoors

You might have missed it, but Friday August 13 was the last day on which we were required to wear facemasks on public transport. 

Originally, the restriction was due to be lifted on September 1.

However, the government, citing the progress of the vaccination program – just under 65 percent of the population are now fully covered – has decided to lift a number of restrictions earlier than planned.

Confirmed! We can sit closer to one another
Distancing requirements have also been discontinued in a number of indoor locations, including cinemas, churches, shops and concerts. Previously two sqm per person was required, which meant staggered seating.

This meant that a great number of weekend confirmation services could be attended by far more people than previously allowed.

It has also had an impact on the ongoing LGBTI+ mega-festival Copenhagen 2021, where many of the events will now be granted far larger attendance capacities.

For example, CPH Queer Theatre Festival performance Berghain, which is tonight at 23:00 at Skuespilhuset and free to attend, has been able to grant a whole load of extra tickets to the public.

Supermarkets to retain distancing in queues
However, a number of supermarkets, including Netto and Brugsen, intend to continue with the floor stickers indicating staggered queuing, whilst also making hand sanitiser available at entrances and exits.

Brugsen is owned by Coop, and its communications and analysis manager, Lars Aarup, said customers wanted the added security. 

“It turns out that customers are very satisfied with the guidance regarding where they should queue,” he told DR.

The only significant change, he revealed, would be a sign at the front door indicating how many people are in the store. Plexiglass plates in front of the checkout operators will also remain in place.

The country’s other major supermarket owner, Salling Group, which owns Netto, concurs that the floor markings, hand sanitiser and plexiglass will remain.