Danish schools reopen after month-long closure

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Denmark reopened schools yesterday after a month-long closure over the novel coronavirus, becoming the first country in Europe to do so.

Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools were reopened, according to an AFP correspondent, after they were closed on March 12 in an effort to curb the COVID-19 epidemic. However classes are only resuming in about half of Denmark’s municipalities and in about 35 per cent of Copenhagen’s schools, as others have requested more time to adjust to health protocols still in place. All are expected to reopen by April 20.

In early April, it was announced that schools would be reopened “on the condition that everyone keeps their distance and washes their hands.”

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks with a pupil as she participates in the reopening of Lykkebo School in Valby in Copenhagen. PHOTO: AFP