Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Denmark tightens certain coronavirus-related restrictions in some municipalities as of Sept. 9 following increase in disease activity.

Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 09:30 PM UTC
Alert Expires 18 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International travel disruptions, business disruptions

Authorities in Denmark have tightened certain restrictions introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a number of municipalities following recent local increases in infection activity. As of Sept. 9, the limit on the size of gatherings has been reduced from 100 persons to 50 persons in Copenhagen, Odense, Frederiksberg, Tarnby, Dragor, Hvidovre, Brondby, Vallensaek, Ishoj, Rodovre, Glostrup, Albertslund, Hoje-Taastrup, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Ballerup, Herlev and Lyngby-Taarbaekas. Moreover, bars, cafes and restaurants in these cities must close at midnight; such establishments were previously allowed to operate until 0200.

With regard to international travel, Denmark's directives and procedures remain largely unchanged. Danish authorities continue to categorize foreign countries as either "Open" or "Banned". Travelers from open countries are permitted entry to Denmark for any reason and are not subject to self-isolation requirements. Travelers from banned countries are only permitted entry for specifically defined purposes, such as work, study, or family reasons, and may be required to self-isolate or present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival; the exact requirements depend on the purpose of the visit and country of origin. As of Sept. 9, the list of open countries includes all EU and Schengen Area countries, except as otherwise indicated, as well as the UK, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. The banned list includes all other countries in addition to the EU nations of Andorra, Belgium Croatia, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Romania, and Spain. Danish nationals and residents are permitted to enter the country from any location without restrictions.

Most nonessential business and facilities in Denmark have reopened, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport nationwide, and public gatherings of more than 200 people remain prohibited until at least Oct. 31 unless otherwise specified.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Danish government are similar to actions taken by other governments in the region in recent weeks based on assessments of the evolution of disease activity globally. As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities could reintroduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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