Yes. Indoor events, activities etc. with more than 250 people are banned. This ban applies to both public and private events etc.
A number of exemptions have been made:
The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. However, this does not apply to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes, nor to gardens adjacent to private homes where events etc. open to the public are held.
Moreover, the ban on gatherings does not apply to religious services nor to baptism, marriage or similar religious ceremonies performed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities at premises usually at their disposal. For such services and ceremonies, a maximum of 500 people can gather simultaneously, provided that the minimum floor area requirement is observed.
Ordinary activities at workplaces do not fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings. This means that more than 250 people indoors can stay and perform ordinary job functions simultaneously at their workplace if the activities are obvious or necessary to perform work assignments, including activities in public spaces or activities necessitating the presence of people from different companies etc. This exemption also applies to work performed in connection with events and activities falling within the scope of the ban on gatherings. Athletes, staff etc. who are present by virtue of an employment relationship under which they receive pay are therefore exempt from the ban on 'small' gatherings.
People being present by virtue of an employment relationship are not included in the number of people gathered. People such as coaches, facilitators, trainers, tutors etc. who are present by virtue of an employment relationship under which they receive pay are not included in the maximum number of people who can gather simultaneously. Moreover, there is an upper limit of 500 people in total who can gather simultaneously for events exempt from the ban on 'small' gatherings. Everybody attending, including people being present by virtue of an employment relationship, are included in the 500 people.
The ban on 'small' gatherings does not apply to events, activities etc. at which the audience are mainly seated at assigned seats facing a stage, cinema screen, speaker or the like, provided that such events etc. are sports or cultural events, including concerts, performances and lectures, or congregational activities held by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and other religious communities. Such events etc. can be attended by no more than 500 participants unless it is an event falling within the scope of the Executive Order on Major Events within the Ambit of the Ministry of Culture in Order to Control COVID-19, which allows certain large events to be held if certain requirements are met. Further details relating to the organisation of large events are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and on the website of the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.
The ban on gatherings does not apply to cultural activities, nor to religious services, religious ceremonies and congregational activities for residents at nursing homes organised by the local council (if it is a public nursing home) or by the management team (if it is a private nursing home) together with a cultural institution, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or another religious community.
The ban on gatherings does not apply to amusement rides at amusement parks and travelling fun fairs.
The ban on gatherings does not apply to political and other opinion-shaping gatherings such as demonstrations and political party meetings. This means that more people than the maximum number of people allowed according to the ban on gatherings can attend political party meetings, demonstrations etc. There is no upper limit on the number of people allowed to attend such events. Normally, this exemption does not apply to general assemblies, national congresses, conferences etc.
Professional athletes and the facilities used by the athletes before, during and after the performance of the sport are exempt from the ban on 'small' gatherings. Accordingly, up to 500 professional athletes can attend simultaneously. As regards audience, it is no longer possible to organise indoor professional sports events with audience as the facilities used by professional athletes are not open to the public, including audience.
Professional athletes comprise athletes who represent Denmark at the highest national or a senior international level in a branch of sports recognised by the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), who have been selected for a Danish senior national team in a branch of sports recognised by the DIF, who are ranked in one of Team Danmark's athlete categories or who are otherwise part of a Team Danmark scheme or nominated or selected for an Olympic/Paralympic team. By highest national level is meant the best league or top competitive level in Denmark in the relevant branch of sports.
By senior international level is meant participation in a World Cup, a European championship, a world championship or the Olympic Games. The exemption also applies to harness races and gallop races at the nine commercial horse racing tracks when more than half the drivers and riders on any horse racing day are licensed, the second and third male football leagues, the second female football league, the second male and female handball leagues and other professional branches of sports in which most athletes of that league or at competitive level make a living as athletes.
Events etc. exempted from the ban on gatherings are not subject to the limitations allowing no more than 250 people indoors, but they are still subject to the ban on large gatherings prohibiting indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 500 people gathered simultaneously at the same location.
It should be noted that the Executive Order of the Ministry of Justice Banning Large Gatherings (the full Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings) does not apply to:
- the courts and the Danish Parliament, nor to political and other opinion-shaping gatherings.
- private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access. The exemption does not apply to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes, nor to gardens adjacent to private homes where events etc. open to the public are held.
- events at which several people in motor vehicles gather for a common purpose (drive-in events) for which a permission has been granted by the police under the Executive Order on Drive-in Events in Order to Control COVID-19.
- events falling within the scope of the Executive Order on Football Matches Played in the 3F Super League etc.
- fairs, markets, meetings, conferences etc. falling within the scope of Parts 2 to 4 of the Executive Order Banning Access to and Imposing Restrictions on Certain Premises and Locations, Imposing a Requirement to Wear Personal Protective Equipment, and Requiring COVID Passports within the Ambit of the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs in Order to Control COVID-19.
- events falling within the scope of the Executive Order on Major Events within the Ambit of the Ministry of Culture in Order to Control COVID-19, such as large concerts and sports events.
- events falling within the scope of the Executive Order on Major Congregational Events Organised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark or Other Religious Communities in Order to Control COVID-19.