Citing high shot rates, Danes end COVID-19 restriction

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) — After 548 days with restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, Denmark’s high vaccination rate has enabled the Scandinavian country to become one of the first European Union (EU) nations to lift all domestic restrictions.

The return to normality has been gradual, but as of yesterday, the digital pass — a proof of having been vaccinated — is no longer required. More than 80 per cent of people above the age of 12 have had the two shots.

As of midnight, the Danish government no longer considers COVID-19 “a socially critical disease”. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on August 27 that “the epidemic is under control” but warned, “we are not out of the epidemic” and the government will act as needed if necessary.

The tipping point in Denmark to start easing restrictions came when a majority in the age group of 50+ had the two shots, Riis Paludan said.

Since August 14, a face mask on public transportation is no longer mandatory. On September 1, limits on public gatherings were removed and it was no longer mandatory to show the pass when one wanted to be seated inside restaurants, or go to soccer games, fitness centresor hairdresser.

People sitting outside a restaurant in Roskilde, Denmark. PHOTO: AP