Contact-reducing measures

Avoid lockdowns and restrictions.

Current level of epidemic management

  • No contact-reducing measures.

Escalation of epidemic management

  • The Danish Patient Safety Authority may issue injunctions to e.g. nursing homes and social services about e.g. visitor restrictions (requires that covid-19 is categorised as generally dangerous).
  • Contact-reducing measures may be introduced within 7-10 days if the infection situation so warrants. When introducing measures, one should seek to provide the best possible conditions for implementation under the given infection situation.
  • The introduction of contact-reducing measures in general requires e.g. that covid-19 be categorised as a critical threat to society and that there is no majority in the Epidemic Committee that speaks out against reintroduction.
  • Any introduction depends on proportionality considerations, geography (local measures) and how intrusive measures must be to contain the infection.
  • A specific decision is taken on the issue of compensation at the same time as the possible introduction of contact-reducing measures.

Recommendations from the health authorities

  • The health authorities assess that contact-reducing measures (e.g. space requirements, participant restrictions, closing times in nightlife etc. and in extreme cases bans on assembly and lockdowns) can be avoided by a broad infection prevention effort, which can be escalated if the epidemic so warrants.
  • Contact-reducing measures are associated with great costs for the population and society, which is why they should be prevented.
  • If the situation develops critically, contact reductions may again become relevant, but only if other measures are not considered sufficient.
  • Any introduction of contact-reducing measures should be based on what is considered adequately proportional in the given situation, including, as far as possible, geographically defined, such as local measures.

8 focus areas of the strategy

Contact-reducing measures