After Health Minister Magnus Heunicke announced at a ministry press briefing on Wednesday that the government will seek to reimplement face mask rules on public transport and in stores, approval from parliament’s Epidemic Committee on Thursday paved the way for their return on Monday.
Rules relating to the coronapas Covid-19 health pass will also be broadened and the interval for which a negative Covid-19 test gives a valid pass reduced.
The government was acting on recommendations given by the advisory independent Epidemic Commission, Heunicke earlier said. The parliamentary committee has now approved the measures, meaning they can come into effect from November 29th.
The decision was made in light of escalating infection and hospitalisation numbers with Covid-19 in Denmark throughout November.
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Return of face masks
Face masks will be required on public transport, including taxis and ride sharing services. They will also have to be used in supermarkets and in other retail settings like shopping malls and stores.
Masks will also be required in health and social care settings such as hospitals, clinics and community care.
Children under 12 years old are generally exempted from wearing face masks.
Shorter coronapas validity period for negative Covid tests
The period for which a negative Covid-19 test gives a valid coronapas will be reduced to 72 hours for a negative PCR test and 48 hours for a negative rapid antigen test.
Up to now, unvaccinated people can hold a valid coronapas for 96 hours through a negative PCR test, or 72 hours with a rapid antigen test.
Coronapas required in more places and at smaller events
Events at which participants or spectators must show a valid coronapas will have a maximum attendance of 100 indoors and 1,000 outdoors. Those limits are 200 and 2,000 respectively under the current rules.
The health pass will also be extended to be required at public sector workplaces and vocational and youth colleges (voksen- og ungdomsuddannelser) and language centres as well as at hairdressers, tattooists, solariums, and similar services. Visitors to elderly care homes and social care facilities will also be required to present a coronapas.
It is currently required at bars, cafes, restaurants and large events.