Tuesday March 23, 2021
“When everyone over 50 is vaccinated”
Denmark sets the lockdown end
Denmark wants to gradually say goodbye to the current corona measures in the course of the advancing vaccination campaign in the coming weeks. The social democratic government and almost all other Danish parliamentary parties agreed on Tuesday night on a long-term plan to gradually move away from the corona restrictions. The stated goal: With a few exceptions, public life should be free of restrictions if all risk groups and all people over 50 who wish to have received their first vaccination against Covid-19. Restrictions should only remain in place for certain areas, for example for major events and nightlife.
As can be seen from the comprehensive framework agreement, hairdressers and comparable service providers are allowed to reopen nationwide from April 6th – i.e. after Easter. There will also be further easing in schools: After the pupils have been back in the classroom for a long time up to the fourth grade, half of the fifth to eighth grades are now allowed to return to face-to-face classes – that means every other week. Thereafter, the easing should continue at 14-day intervals, for example with the opening of the outdoor areas of restaurants and cafes as well as museums and libraries on April 21. On May 6, the interior areas of the bars as well as theaters and cinemas will be allowed to open again as planned.
Corona pass on an app allows openings
As Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen emphasized, a currently developed Corona passport will play a central role in many opening steps. With this one should then be able to prove vaccinations, negative tests and survived infections via app on the smartphone. The parties agree that a corona passport will help control the epidemic, so that large parts of the working and cultural life can be reopened earlier than usual, the agreement said.
Frederiksen said the government and parties also agree that when everyone over 50 has been vaccinated is an extremely important fixed point. However, the number of infections must be kept low. In the event of local outbreaks, action should be taken quickly and easily at the local level.
According to the current Danish vaccination calendar, all Danes over 50 years of age are said to have been vaccinated by the end of May. According to the chairman of the Danish Conservatives, Søren Pape, the agreement means that Denmark will be widely reopened as early as May. Denmark is now looking to open society while others in Europe are looking to lockdown, he said.
After peaking in mid-December, the number of new infections in Denmark has fallen significantly. Most recently, in the comparative figures of the EU health authority ECDC, when scaled down to the population, they were roughly at the level of Germany, but the number of Covid-19-related deaths among the Danes is lower than almost anywhere else in Europe. The previous easing of the corona measures have not caused the Danish numbers to skyrocket again so far.