KEY POINTS: The new Covid-19 rules which take effect in Denmark on Monday

New Covid-19 rules and guidelines, primarily relating to use of face masks and the coronapas health pass, will take effect in Denmark on Monday, November 29th.

Face masks return to Danish daily life from November 29th.
Face masks return to Danish daily life from November 29th. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

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.

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Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

It will still be obligatory for passengers to wear masks on flights to Italy until mid-June, despite the end of the EU-wide requirement on Monday, May 16th, the Italian government has confirmed.

Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

The Italian government reiterated on Friday that its current mask-wearing rules remain in place until June 15th, reports newspaper Corriere della Sera.

This means the mask mandate will still apply to all air passengers travelling to or from Italy, despite the end of an EU-wide requirement to wear masks on flights and at airports across the bloc from Monday.

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National regulations take precedence, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed when announcing the end of the EU rules.

“Wearing face masks at airports and inflight should be aligned with national measures on wearing masks in public transport and transport hubs,” they said in a joint statement published on May 11th.

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“If either the departure or destination States require the wearing of face masks on public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to comply with those requirements inflight, beyond 16 May 2022.

“Further, as of 16 May 2022, aircraft operators, during their pre-flight communications as well as during the flight, should continue to encourage their passengers and crew members to wear face masks during the flight as well as in the airport, even when wearing a face mask is not required”.

The Spanish government also said on Thursday that air passengers would have to continue wearing face masks on planes.

Italy’s current rules specify that higher-grade FFP2 masks should be worn on all forms of public transport, including buses, trams, regional and high-speed trains, ferries, and planes.

Though rules were eased in some settings from May 1st, masks also remain a requirement until June 15th at Italy’s cinemas and theatres, hospitals and care homes, indoor sporting event and concert venues, schools and universities.