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Denmark to lift restrictions, paving the way for live entertainment at full capacity

Denmark is set to remove all COVID-19 restrictions from February 1, except for testing on arrival from abroad, meaning that restrictions on live entertainment, sports and events will be stopped.

At present, outdoor and indoor sporting events are able to go ahead, but attendees must present a COVID-19 passport or certificate to show proof of vaccination, natural recovery or a recent negative test, in order to enter and must be seated.

Indoor events are limited to a capacity of 1,500 with three sections of a maximum 500 people.

Museums, cinemas, art galleries, concerts (where people are seated) and art performances are also currently open, though there are the same limitations surrounding 1,500 people divided into three sections. Attendees also have to wear a mask when moving around in these settings and a COVID-19 passport or certificate is needed to enter.

However, concerts with patrons standing are currently not able to take place. Nightclubs are also closed at this time.

With the removal of restrictions, events will be able to go ahead at full capacity and nightclubs will open again.

The Danish Ministry of Health stated in a press release: “By the end of January, the categorisation of COVID-19 as a socially critical disease will cease, and the current restrictions will no longer apply.

“On the basis of a recommendation from the Epidemic Commission, the Government has decided that COVID-19 should no longer be categorised as a socially critical disease after January 31 2022. At the same time, all the restrictions that are conditional on this categorisation will not be continued.”

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “Tonight we can shrug our shoulders and find the smile again. We have incredibly good news, we can now remove the last coronavirus restrictions in Denmark.”

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