The Danish Health Authorities

New disease control measures targeted at nightlife and restaurants in Greater Copenhagen

Published 15-09-2020

The health authorities have made an overall assessment of the current coronavirus situation in Denmark focusing on local disease outbreaks, especially in municipalities in Greater Copenhagen, facing an ongoing – and in some municipalities even an increasing – spread of the disease from widespread sources of infection in particular.

Due to the concerns about the situation in Greater Copenhagen, and at that time also in Odense Municipality, the health authorities launched a number of special measures targeted at Odense Municipality and 17 municipalities in Greater Copenhagen on 7 September 2020 for the period ending 22 September 2020. Read more here: 

Information about disease control in the Greater Copenhagen area and the municipality of Odense (pdf)

Due to the ongoing – and in some municipalities even increasing – spread of the disease, the challenges facing nightlife and the increase in the number of people hospitalised, the health authorities have considered that there is a need for launching the following temporary measures in the 17 municipalities in Greater Copenhagen:

  • The opening hours of restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments with the required licences will be shortened until 10.00 pm as from 17 September 2020. This will be supplemented by intensified surveillance by the police in areas attracting large gatherings (hotspots) for the purpose of issuing bans on loitering in case of congestion and the like at the end of opening hours. The possibility for establishments to stay open from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am to sell takeaway food and drinks and to host private parties attended by people largely familiar to each other does not apply in those municipalities.
  • Guests at restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments are now required to wear a face mask or shield except when seated. This requirement applies to both guests and employees having contact with guests. The same exemptions to the requirement to wear a face mask apply as those applicable in public transport (children etc.). 
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments will be required to display signs stating the maximum number of people allowed at the premises in order to comply with the floor area requirement introduced in the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings and Banning Access to and Imposing Restrictions on Certain Premises and Locations to Control COVID-19. One of the reasons is to strengthen the possibilities of the police to enforce the Executive Order.
  • Greater focus on compliance with the requirement of a minimum distance of one metre (from nose to nose) between guests at restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments as well as the implementation of this requirement in the sector partnership guidelines. Owners of restaurants and other establishments should contribute to a relevant extent to ensuring that guests staying outside their premises are able to keep the recommended minimum distance of one metre.
  • Weddings, confirmations and similar special occasion days that have already been scheduled can be held if it is possible to observe the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish), but the event ought to finish by 10.00 pm at the latest.
  • Citizens are urged only to make events, parties and celebrations at private homes for close family members and friends. 
  • The scheme allowing Super League football matches attended by more than 500 people does not apply.

The new measures are targeted at Greater Copenhagen and apply to the following municipalities: 

  • Albertslund
  • Ballerup
  • Brøndby
  • Dragør
  • Frederiksberg
  • Gentofte
  • Gladsaxe
  • Glostrup
  • Herlev
  • Hvidovre
  • Høje-Taastrup
  • Ishøj
  • Copenhagen
  • Lyngby-Taarbæk
  • Rødovre
  • Tårnby
  • Vallensbæk

The measures apply from 17 September 2020 until at least 1 October 2020. The measures introduced on 7 September 2020 for the period until 22 September 2020 are also extended for Greater Copenhagen (the above municipalities) until 1 October 2020. The measures introduced on 17 September 2020 do not apply to Odense Municipality. 

It is pointed out that depending on the future coronavirus situation, it may become necessary to launch additional measures later to contain the disease.