fredag 8 maj 2020

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Denmark to reopen theatres and cinemas on 8 June

Denmark will reopen museums, theatres, cinemas, outdoor amusement parks and zoos on 8 June, the country’s government has said.

A restriction on gatherings, currently limited to 10 people, will also be revised to between 30 and 50 people depending on the type of event, AFP reports.

The announcement came hours after the Scandinavian country said it would allow shopping centres to reopen from 11 May, while restaurants, places of worship and schools for 11- to 15-year-olds would resume a week later. Bars, nightclubs and smaller concert venues will have to wait until sometime in August to reopen.

Meanwhile, most office workers will be allowed to return to work as soon as their workplace meets social distancing and hygiene regulations.

The timeline is the result of an agreement reached by political parties in parliament. “The parties note that the reopening is expected to lead to a rise in infections and hospital admissions,” a statement from the office of the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said.

She added that authorities would monitor the situation closely and restrictions would be reimposed in the event of a sharp rise in cases.

Denmark was among the first countries in Europe to roll out measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, doing so in mid-March.

Since the start of the epidemic, the country has recorded 10,281 cases, with 514 deaths. Deaths and infections are higher than its similarly-sized Nordic neighbours Norway, which has 7,995 cases and 209 deaths, and Finland with 5,673 cases and 255 deaths.

Sweden, which is about twice the size but has adopted softer measures than the other Nordic countries, has 24,623 cases and 3,040 deaths.

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