Events and gatherings

Questions and answers about the ban on events and gatherings of more than 5 people.

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Questions and answers

Questions and answers about the ban on events for more than five people. Updated: 10 February 2021.

Yes. Events or other activities with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location are banned. This ban applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, and it applies to both public and private events etc.

Exemptions

A number of exemptions have been made:

The ban on gatherings of more than five people does not apply to events etc. attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives. A person's closest relatives are his or her spouse, live-in partner, regular partner, brothers and sisters, parents (including his or her parents' and foster parents' spouses, live-in partners or regular partners), children and foster children (including his or her spouse's, live-in partner's or regular partner's children and foster children). In those situations, the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people being simultaneously at the same location applies.

Moreover, the ban on gatherings does not apply to events, activities etc. held on common indoor areas of homes on which residents cannot avoid interacting with each other, including shared kitchen and showering facilities at halls of residence and similar shared accommodation.

The ban on gatherings of more than five people being simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. In private homes and adjacent gardens, up to 500 people can gather simultaneously. 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. Even though events at private homes and adjacent gardens are exempt from the ban on gatherings, citizens are strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations at private homes for nobody else but close family members and friends, always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.

The ban does not apply to indoor burial and funeral services either, nor to the elements of burial and funeral services held indoors. For such services, a maximum of 500 people can gather simultaneously, provided that the minimum floor area requirement is observed. The ban does not apply to outdoor burial and funeral services either, nor to the elements of burial and funeral services held outdoors. No more than 50 people can gather simultaneously at the same location. People attending as employees, such as pastors and church custodians, are not included in the 50 people.

Moreover, the ban on gatherings does not apply to religious services or 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.

Moreover, the ban on gatherings of more than five people does not apply to activities for socially vulnerable children and young people up to and including the age of 21, whether they are alone or with their families, when the activities are organised by public authorities, organisations, associations, businesses or cultural institutions. For such activities, no more than 50 people (including participants and volunteers) can gather simultaneously at the same location.

Ordinary activities at workplaces do not fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings. This means that more than five people can 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 maximum of five people who can gather simultaneously for an event etc. 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 of five 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.

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. As regards outdoor professional sports events, the ban on gatherings must be observed, which means a maximum audience of five.

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 with licenced drivers and riders, 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.

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 than five people 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., which can normally be attended by up to five people.

Yes. The ban on hosting and attending events etc. with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location does not apply to the elements of burial and funeral services held outdoors. In those situations, the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people being simultaneously at the same location still applies. People attending as employees, such as pastors and church custodians, are not included in the 50 people.

Due to the ban on gatherings, it is normally not allowed to host and attend indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than five participants. However, this only applies if more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location.

One consequence is that it is possible to organise a race with more than five participants if the event is staggered so that five participants attend the race in the morning, and when they have gone home, they are replaced by the next five participants in the afternoon. It is possible for the same persons to attend both in the morning and in the afternoon as long as no more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location at any time. In those situations, there is no maximum number of participants for the entire event. What is crucial is that no more than five people gather simultaneously at the same location.

Therefore, it is also possible to organise competitions, cups, shows etc. with more than five participants if the competition, cup, show etc. is organised so that there is a considerable physical distance between participants, which means in practice that the participants will not gather simultaneously at the same location. Such events could be boat and sailing races or similar major events at sea at which participants go in groups of no more than five people and usually have a considerable distance between the boats. Golf tournaments, orienteering games and similar events with large physical distance between the individual participants or between the various groups of no more than five participants will therefore normally be allowed.

The physical distance between participants must be maintained throughout the entire event. Accordingly, events etc. with more than five participants will not be allowed if more than five people gather before or after the event, for example at the starting line or for the prize ceremony. In any case, no more than 500 people can attend the entire event simultaneously.

Moreover, events etc. with more than five participants will not be allowed in case the participants are spread out over a large physical area but still cross paths in connection with the event, for example a flea market at which stalls are scattered over a large area and people move around between the stalls, or an event in the nature of a music festival at which participants live in different sections, but gather for social activities, including in catering and bar areas.

It is also possible to organise events, such as sports activities, in which groups are divided into sections with a maximum of five people, including any volunteer coach or instructor etc., in each group on the same outdoor area. In such cases, each group activity must be held as a separate event, and it must be made sure that all groups are effectively separated. Groups can be separated by allocating a separate section to each group or making similar arrangements. The same coach, instructor etc. cannot be the leader of several of the groups present at the same time as, in that case, it will be considered to be one single event falling within the ban on gatherings of more than five people.

Moreover, it is not sufficient for being exempt from the ban on gatherings that an event site is divided into sections by means of fences or the like. A festival with more than five participants gathered simultaneously at the same location does not become a lawful event if the festival ground is divided into sections by means of fences with no more than five people in each section. In such cases, the people attending the event are still gathered simultaneously at the same location.

No. The ban on gatherings of more than five people does not apply to events, activities etc. attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives. In those situations, the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people being simultaneously at the same location applies.

Please note that the ban on gatherings of more than five people does not apply either to events, activities etc. on common indoor areas of homes on which residents cannot avoid interacting with each other, including shared kitchen and showering facilities at halls of residence and similar shared accommodation.

No. The ban on gatherings does not apply to events, activities etc. attended only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives. In those situations, the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people being simultaneously at the same location applies.

The following persons are considered closest relatives:

  • Spouse
  • Live-in partner
  • Regular partner
  • Sisters and brothers
  • Parents and foster parents (including parents' and foster parents' spouses, live-in partners or regular partners)
  • Children and foster children (including children and foster children of spouses, live-in partners or regular partners)

To be eligible for this exemption allowing a group of up to 10 people to gather simultaneously at the same location, all members of the group must be each other's closest relatives. This means, for example, that grandparents cannot lawfully attend an event, activity etc. together with their children and grandchildren if they are more than five people as grandparents and grandchildren are not each other's closest relatives. Nor can a married couple and their parents lawfully attend an event, activity etc. if they are more than five people as a person's parents-in-law are not that person's closest relatives according to the rules on the ban on gatherings.

No. The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access. However, events etc. cannot be held if more than 500 people gather simultaneously at the same location.

The exemption from the ban on gatherings 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, for which reason no more than five people can gather simultaneously at the same location for such events etc. If the event is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives (that is, a person's spouse, live-in partner, regular partner, brothers and sisters, parents (including his or her parents' and foster parents' spouses, live-in partners or regular partners), children and foster children (including his or her spouse's, live-in partner's or regular partner's children and foster children)), up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Even though the ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens, citizens are strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations in private homes for nobody else but close family members and friends, always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19 (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.

The overriding rule is that activities in private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access are not subject to the restrictions on the maximum number of people allowed to gather and the restrictions on premises set out in the Executive Order Banning Large Gathering.

The term 'private home' must be widely interpreted and describes first of all a person's overnight accommodation. A person's private home is not necessarily that person's registered address. If, for example, a person lives and sleeps at his or her regular partner's place, but is registered at a different address, such person's home is considered to be at his or her partner's place.

A private home comprises the residential area, but normally not buildings on the plot that are not used for private residence, such as barns, farm equipment storage buildings, sheds, workshops and garages. This means that normally the ban on gatherings applies to such buildings.

A person's summer house, caravan or the like is normally considered to be such person's private home.

The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes, where up to 500 people can gather simultaneously.

The exemption from the ban on gatherings applies no matter whether the person organising a party or another event knows the participants and no matter whether the party has been announced on social media and prior registration is required or it is a party or the like that people can attend without pre-registration. It is also irrelevant whether an entrance fee is payable and whether food or drinks are served. However, it may be an offence under other rules, including the provisions of the Act on Restaurant Operations and Alcohol Licences etc.

Even though events in private homes are exempt from the ban on gatherings, citizens are strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations in private homes for nobody else but very close family members and friends, always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.

The ban on gatherings does not apply to gardens adjacent to private homes, where up to 500 people can gather simultaneously. The exemption from the ban on gatherings 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.

If an event etc. is held in a garden adjacent to a private home and the garden is deemed to be open to the public because of the nature of the event etc., the event may fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings. In such situations, it would normally not be allowed to organise or attend events or other activities with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location.

Basically yes. However, despite the ban on gatherings, several people can go to a shop, a supermarket, an airport, a train station or the like and move around as usual. The use of public transport (trains, busses, aeroplanes, ferries etc.) and ordinary physical presence at a workplace are not banned either.

The police have been authorised to interfere at public places if the number of people gathered at the same location exceeds the maximum number of people allowed and they have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. This also applies even though it is not an event or the like. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

A person who fails to comply with a dispersal order issued by the police may be liable to a fine.

In general, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

Yes. The police can issue a temporary ban on loitering at locations with public access if it is the assessment of the police that a ban must be issued to reduce the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus at the relevant location and a dispersal order is deemed insufficient to prevent the risk of infection. Such locations could be parks, squares, ice skating rinks or playgrounds.

A ban on loitering means that loitering at the location is not allowed. However, people can still move around in the area if it is an ordinary activity at the relevant location, such as a walk.

Any person violating the ban on loitering may be liable to a fine.

A ban on loitering can be issued for a period of up to seven days and can subsequently be extended. Such ban must be displayed on signs and on the website of the police.

Yes.

The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

The police can order people to leave the place.

The police have been authorised to interfere and issue a dispersal order at public places if more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. That might be the case if more than five people gather in dense queues outside shops etc.

However, if all the persons gathered are members of the same household or each other's closest relatives, the police can only issue a dispersal order if more than 10 people have gathered and, according to the assessment of the police, the people have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

Moreover, the police cannot issue a dispersal order relating to common indoor areas of homes on which residents cannot avoid interacting with each other, including shared kitchen and showering facilities at halls of residence and similar shared accommodation, not even when such areas are open to the public.

A person who fails to comply with a dispersal order issued by the police may be liable to a fine.

No. The ban on gatherings does not apply to political and other opinion-shaping gatherings. Accordingly, there is no upper limit on the number of people allowed to attend such events.

However, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct. See also the leaflet of the Danish Health Authority with good advice on large public gatherings like demonstrations. The leaflet is available (in Danish) at sst.dk.

No. Police districts cannot give prior approval of events, activities etc., except for drive-in events requiring prior approval from the police. Police districts can only advise Danish citizens that the police will enforce the rules of the Executive Order. Police districts can also advise Danish citizens to look at www.coronasmitte.dk for further information or to call one of the call centres.

No. No curfew has been imposed. However, the police can issue a dispersal order at public places if there are more than five people and the police find that they have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

However, if all the persons gathered are members of the same household or each other's closest relatives, the police can only issue a dispersal order if more than 10 people have gathered and, according to the assessment of the police, the people have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

Moreover, the police cannot issue a dispersal order relating to common indoor areas of homes on which residents cannot avoid interacting with each other, including shared kitchen and showering facilities at halls of residence and similar shared accommodation, not even when such areas are open to the public.

In making this assessment, the police will take into account the Danish Health Authority's general recommendations concerning the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

No requirement of social distancing has been made in relation to political or other opinion-shaping gatherings and, accordingly, it is not possible to dissolve such gatherings due to the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

Political or other opinion-shaping gatherings are, however, urged to follow the health authorities' general recommendations to maintain the requisite social distancing and avoid physical contact with other people. Reference is also made to the advice given by the Danish Health Authority in the leaflet entitled Large public gatherings like demonstrations available (in Danish) at sst.dk.

Conferences, general meetings etc. normally fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than five people being present simultaneously at the same location. People attending for obvious or necessary reasons to perform job functions, such as speakers and waiters, are not included in the five people.

No. The rules governing the ban on gatherings, the restrictions applicable to premises etc. do not apply to public and private hospitals and clinics, nor to private clinics and shops run by authorised healthcare professionals or at which authorised healthcare professionals are employed.

Yes. The police can issue a dispersal order at a public playground, an ice skating rink or the like if more than five people have gathered in a way that is deemed by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

However, if all the persons gathered are members of the same household or each other's closest relatives, the police can only issue a dispersal order if more than 10 people have gathered and, according to the assessment of the police, the people have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

It is determined based on an assessment of the specific circumstances whether market days, flea markets etc. are allowed. An essential element of such assessment is whether the market etc. is deemed to be a draw to the local community.

If, for example, the markets are recurring annual events or more seasonal markets like flea markets at which a wide, non-specified group of people are allowed to put up stalls, such markets would normally fall within the scope of the ban on gatherings and are therefore not allowed if more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location.

If, on the other hand, the market days or markets are held at weekly, monthly or other regular intervals and local traders, farmers etc. sell their groceries from separate stalls at a market or the like comparable to shops in a pedestrian street (in other words a fairly regular group), such activity is normally allowed. The traders must mainly sell groceries. Groceries are products consumed when used, such as foodstuffs.

However, if there are other activities in addition to the stalls on market days, at marketplaces etc., such as music performances or other stage performances, the market falls within the scope of the ban on gatherings.

The police can issue a dispersal order if more people than permitted under the ban on large gatherings have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

Citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

No. The ban does not apply to regular use of public transport. More than five people can therefore be on a train, bus, ferry etc. at the same time. Passengers can also wait for a train at the station or at a bus stop even though there are more than five people.

The police have been authorised to interfere and issue a dispersal order at public places if more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing. A person who fails to comply with a dispersal order issued by the police may be liable to a fine.

Please note that people are required to wear face masks or shields on public transport, including at train stations etc. For further details, see the section The requirement to wear a face mask or shield.

Citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

Yes. The ban on hosting and attending indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes. A private home can be both a person's permanent home and a person's leisure home, whether the property is owned or rented.

Citizens are strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations in private homes for nobody else but close family members and friends, always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19 (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.

If a summerhouse is rented solely for the purpose of hosting a party or another event and the summerhouse thereby assumes the nature of a village hall or a function room, it might be determined due to the specific circumstances that the party or event with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location is not allowed. The reason is that the summerhouse is no longer in the nature of a 'home'. It will be taken into account whether the summerhouse has been rented/used solely for a weekend stay, whether the tenant only stays in the summerhouse to prepare and host the party etc. However, if an event etc. is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Yes. People living in flats, detached houses or similar residential buildings with access to shared outdoor areas are normally not required to watch out for the number of people present to make sure that there are no more than five people simultaneously using the area.

However, the ban on hosting and attending indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location also applies to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes. However, if an event etc. in a courtyard or the like is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

The police can issue a dispersal order if the number of people gathered at the same location exceeds the maximum number of people allowed and they have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

It is determined based on an assessment of the specific circumstances. If the distribution or sale is in the nature of a pre-announced event etc. and there are more than five people simultaneously at the same location, the distribution or sale is not allowed. Accordingly, it would not be allowed to organise and attend an event announced on social media involving the distribution of food or drinks for free if it is considered to be an event and if more than five people have gathered simultaneously at the same location.

All premises open to the public must observe the following requirements:

  • Ensure a floor area of at least 7.5 square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. If the floor area is less than 7.5 square metres, one customer can always be allowed.
  • Display information posters at entrance doors stating the maximum number of customers allowed at the premises (restaurants, bars and similar establishments as well as grocery shops and other retail shops) and display information posters stating that customers should do their shopping alone (grocery shops and other retail shops). The information posters stating that customers should do their shopping alone must be the ones published by the Danish Health Authority.
  • Display information posters in or at the premises to remind people of the requirement to wear a face mask or shield and of the risk that they can be asked to leave.
  • Ensure that all employees and other persons admitted to the premises observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct.
  • Display information posters telling people with symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home and about good hygiene and appropriate conduct in public spaces. The information posters displayed must be the ones published by the Danish Health Authority.
  • Make water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) available to customers, visitors and participants.
  • Change the layout of premises to ensure social distancing between customers, visitors and participants to the extent possible – also at checkouts.
  • Ensure the presence of visible supervisory staff during opening hours in retail stores, including durable goods shops, grocery shops, shopping centres, department stores, hypermarkets, bazaars, shopping arcades etc. open to the public, to ensure compliance with the restrictions on premises set out in the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings and with the relevant guidelines in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. At such stores, there must be at least one staff member for each 2,000 square metres, and the total floor area of the store must be posted at entrance doors.
  • Ensure that information posters are displayed at entrance doors of grocery shops strongly urging customers to keep a distance of two metres from other customers and retail staff throughout the entire retail area. The information posters must state that effective barrier screens between individual customers and between staff and customers[ANJ1]  can replace the recommended two-metre distance. The information posters displayed must be the ones published by the Danish Health Authority. 

Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for on-site consumption must stay closed, but are still allowed to sell takeaway food and drinks. Please note that durable goods shops must stay closed.

The police have also been authorised to interfere at public places if more than 10 people have gathered simultaneously at the same location in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus, for example a pick-up queue. The police have discretionary powers to issue directions pursuant to the health authorities' general recommendations to reduce social contact and maintain social distancing.

Yes. It is allowed to host or attend a party. However, the following rules apply depending on the venue of the party.

Parties in private homes/gardens

  • The ban prohibiting more than five people at the same time at the same location does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens, but the ban on hosting and attending events etc. with more than 500 people gathered simultaneously still applies.
  • The ban on gatherings of more than five people applies to community courtyards, shared courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes and to gardens adjacent to a private home where events etc. open to the public are held. However, if an event etc. in a community courtyard, a shared courtyard or the like is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.
  • There is no maximum duration of parties. However, citizens are strongly urged to end parties in private homes/gardens by 10.00 pm at the latest.
  • Citizens are also strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations in private homes for nobody else but close family members and friends and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk

Parties at village halls, rented function/banqueting rooms, common houses etc.

  • The ban on events etc. with more than five people gathered simultaneously at the same location normally also applies to village halls, rented function/banqueting rooms, common houses etc. In practice this means that it is not allowed to host or attend weddings, confirmations, birthday celebrations etc. with more than five participants. However, if an event etc. is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.
  • Normally, there is no maximum duration of parties. However, citizens are strongly urged always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest. If the village hall provider etc. is also in charge of food and/or drinks for the party, the village hall is considered to be an establishment selling food and drinks and is subject to the rules on closing hours and the rules on the use of face masks etc. applicable to restaurants etc. (see above). If the village hall provider etc. also provides other services, such as staff, it will be determined based on the specific circumstances whether the village hall is considered to be an establishment selling food and drinks. Please note that establishment selling food and/or drinks must stay closed for the time being.
  • No special rules on floor area etc. apply if private individuals rent a village hall etc. for a private party. However, private individuals renting a village hall etc. are urged to observe the requirements of floor area applicable to restaurants etc. That is, a floor area of at least 7.5 square metres for each guest.
  • Citizens are also strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations in private homes for nobody else but close family members and friends and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.
  • Finally, club premises must stay closed to the public.

Due to the ban on gatherings, it is not allowed to host and attend indoor and outdoor events, activities etc. attended by more than five people simultaneously at the same location. However, if an event etc. is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. This means that it is not allowed to host weddings, confirmations, birthday celebrations etc. with more than five participants, except in private homes and gardens.

Yes. At weddings, up to five people are allowed to gather, and if all the people attending are members of the same household or each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can gather simultaneously. In private homes and adjacent gardens, up to 500 people can gather simultaneously. The restrictions on dancing do not apply in those situations, but citizens are strongly urged to hold events, parties and celebrations for nobody else but close family members and friends, always to end parties by 10.00 pm at the latest and to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct as well as the advice of the Danish Health Authority set out in 'Private events, parties and celebrations during the period of COVID-19' (in Danish). See the advice of the Danish Health Authority at sst.dk.

See also the question and answer on whether private parties, including weddings, are allowed.

Yes. However, the ban on gatherings must be observed. Therefore, no more than five people can gather simultaneously at the same location. However, if a party is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Nightclubs, discotheques etc. must stay closed to the public. This also applies if they are on a bus or boat.

Yes. However, the ban on gatherings must be observed. Therefore, no more than five people can gather simultaneously at the same location. However, if a party is attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Nightclubs, discotheques etc. must stay closed to the public. This also applies if they are on a bus or boat.

Everybody must wear a face mask or shield, and no alcohol can be consumed on coaches and buses operated under the Danish Coach and Bus Services Act.

No. More than five people can take the same canal tour, sightseeing bus etc., unless they are a single group of more than five people.

Please note that they may be required to wear face masks etc. For further details, see the section The requirement to wear a face mask or shield.

If people gather in a way that actually makes it an event in the nature of a music festival, it is the opinion of the National Police that it is an event falling within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than five people being simultaneously at the same location. This applies whether or not there is live music.

In the assessment of whether it is an event in the nature of a music festival, it may be taken into account whether the event has an event organiser, is separately promoted and has a specific name and a dedicated website, whether there are official start and closing times, whether there is a dedicated box office, and whether specific activities, bars, food stalls etc. have been set up for the event. It is not a requirement that all elements must be present, and other elements may also contribute to creating an event in the nature of a music festival.

The ban on gatherings of more than 10 people being simultaneously at the same location does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. In private homes and adjacent gardens, up to 500 people can gather simultaneously. However, the ban on gatherings applies to courtyards and the like which are at the disposal of residents from a large number of homes, and to gardens adjacent to private homes where events etc. open to the public are held.

No. Courts do not fall within the scope of the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings.

However, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct.

No. Activities taking place outside the premises or locations at the disposal of day-care facilities, schools, institutions etc. do not fall within the scope of the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings. Moreover, activities taking place outside the premises or locations at the disposal of day-care facilities, schools, institutions etc. do not fall within the scope of the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings.

Day-care facilities, schools etc. can therefore organise outings, school camps etc. even though the number of participants exceed the maximum number according to the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings. However, according to the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority, outings etc. with overnight accommodation should not be organised.

Parents should be aware that in connection with the drop-off and pick-up of children, the police can issue a dispersal order if more than five people have gathered in a public place in a way that is deemed by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

Ordinary physical presence at a workplace is allowed. Depending on circumstances, movie shootings, including movie shootings in public spaces, may be deemed to be ordinary physical presence at the TV or film producers' workplace. The shooting of TV programmes/movies is therefore normally not considered an event/activity that falls within the scope of the ban prohibiting more than five people simultaneously at the same location. However, it is determined based on the specific circumstances in each individual case.

Yes. 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. However, no more than 500 people can be simultaneously at the facilities. This number includes everybody present, also athletes, coaches etc.'

The following individuals are considered professional athletes:

  • 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).
  • Athletes who have been selected for a Danish senior national team in a branch of sports recognised by the DIF.
  • Athletes 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 from the ban also applies to athletes in the following sports categories:

  • Harness races and gallop races at the nine commercial horse racing tracks with licenced drivers and riders.
  • The second and third male football leagues.
  • The second female football league.
  • The second male and female handball leagues.
  • Other professional branches of sports in which most athletes of that league or at competitive level make a living as athletes.

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. As regards outdoor professional sports events, the ban on gatherings must be observed, which means a maximum audience of five.