Events and gatherings

COVID-19 measures.

It is not allowed to host and attend indoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered simultaneously at the same location.

Questions and answers

Questions and answers about the ban on events. Updated: June 14, 2021.

Yes. Indoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people are banned. This ban applies to both public and private events etc.

Exemptions

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 100 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 100 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.

Yes. Due to the ban on gatherings, it is normally not allowed to host and attend indoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered or outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 500 people gathered. However, this only applies if people have gathered simultaneously at the same location. Accordingly, it is possible to organise events etc. attended by more people than allowed according to the ban on gatherings if the 100 people (at indoor events etc.) or the 500 people (at outdoor events etc.) do not attend simultaneously at the same location. One way of achieving this is to divide participants into geographically separated groups or to allocate different time slots to groups.

Moreover, specific rules apply to the following events:

  • indoor and outdoor events attended by a seated audience of more than 500 people who have gathered simultaneously at the same location (such as concerts, theatre plays and lectures)
  • outdoor events attended by a standing audience of more than 100 people who have gathered simultaneously at the same location (such as concerts and parades)
  • outdoor sports activity events attended by more than 100 people or volunteers who have gathered simultaneously at the same location (such as races, relay races and sports events)
  • business conferences or meetings and conferences or meetings for professionals attended by more than 500 people who are all seated
  • indoor and outdoor fairs attended by more than 100/500 people, respectively
  • outdoor markets (such as flea markets) attended by more than 100 people

Further details relating to the organisation of large cultural and sports events are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture. Further details relating to the organisation of conferences, fairs and markets are available on the website of the Danish Business Agency (Erhvervsstyrelsen) under the Business Guide (Virksomhedsguiden) (in Danish only). 

A political framework agreement has been concluded for the reopening of Denmark, which includes a plan for the organisation of large gatherings and events. Read the agreement in full here (in Danish). 

No. The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens to which only residents have access. 
 

The exemption from the ban on gatherings does not apply to outdoor 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 100 people (at indoor events etc.) and 500 people (at outdoor events etc.) can gather simultaneously at the same location for such events etc.

The general 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.

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.

The ban on gatherings does not apply to gardens adjacent to private homes. 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 considered 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 500 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 considered 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 100 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 100 people (at indoor events etc.) and 500 people (at outdoor events etc.) gather in dense queues outside shops etc.

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.

Yes. The ban on gatherings does not apply to political and other opinion-shaping gatherings. Accordingly, political events with political speeches, community singing and concerts with a political or other opinion-shaping message can be held for an unlimited number of people.

Concerts and other entertainment on Constitution Day (5 June) that are not political or other opinion-shaping gatherings must be held in accordance with the ban on gatherings, under which no more than 100 people can gather outdoors simultaneously at the same location. Food and drinks can be served outdoors if permission has been obtained under other legislation.

 

 

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 a public outdoor place if there are more than 500 people present and the police find that they have gathered in a way that constitutes a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

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.

Outdoor club activities, such as general assemblies, organised by public authorities, organisations, associations, businesses or cultural institutions for up to 50 people simultaneously at the same location are allowed.

It is a requirement that the general assembly must be held outdoors. Premises for club activities must stay closed. To be considered 'premises', the facility must normally consist of one or more rooms in real property. However, based on the specific circumstances, a tent may be considered to be premises. The decisive factor is whether the nature of the tent is similar to that of an indoor room, for example whether the tent has solid walls, flooring, heating etc.

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 outdoor playground, ice skating rink or the like if more than 500 people have gathered in a way that is considered 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.

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.

No. The ban does not apply to regular use of public transport. More than 100 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 100 people present.

The police have been authorised to interfere and issue a dispersal order at public places if more than 500 people have gathered 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.

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 50 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, no matter whether the property is owned or rented.

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 based on the specific circumstances that the party or event with more than 50 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 50 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 500 people simultaneously using the area.

However, the ban on hosting and attending outdoor events, activities etc. with more than 500 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.

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 the specific circumstances. If the distribution or sale is in the nature of a pre-announced event etc. and there are more than 50 people present 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 deemed to be an event and if more than 50 people have gathered simultaneously at the same location.

The police have also been authorised to interfere at public outdoor places if more than 100 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 100 people to at the same time at the same location do not apply to private homes.
  • The ban on gatherings of more than 500 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.
  • 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 50 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 25 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 50 people can attend simultaneously. 
  • 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 www.sst.dk.
  • The ban on events etc. with more than 100 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 indoor weddings, confirmations, birthday celebrations etc. with more than 100 participants.
  • 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.

Yes. Depending on the location of the party, it is allowed to host or attend a party.

Due to the ban on gatherings, it is not allowed to host and attend events, activities etc. if more than 100 people (at indoor events etc.) or 500 people (at outdoor events etc.) gather simultaneously at the same location.

Parties in private homes/gardens

The ban on gatherings does not apply to private homes and adjacent gardens. This means that weddings, confirmations, birthday celebrations etc. with more than 100 participants  are not prohibited in private homes and gardens.

Parties at restaurants, village halls, rented function/banqueting rooms, hotels etc.:

Yes. Parties at restaurants, village halls etc. are allowed, but the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people simultaneously at the same location still applies.

Otherwise, citizens are urged to observe the health authorities' general recommendations on good hygiene, social distancing and appropriate conduct in connection with parties and similar events. See also the advice from the Danish Health Authority on private celebrations and events at www.sst.dk.

Yes. However, the ban on gatherings must be observed. Therefore, no more than 100 people can gather simultaneously at the same location. 

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 100 people can gather simultaneously at the same location.

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. The ban on gatherings does not apply to canal tours, sightseeing buses etc., unless the people present are a single group of more than 50 people.

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 ban on gatherings. 

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 100 people have gathered in a public place in a way that is considered 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 considered 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 on gatherings. However, it is determined based on the specific circumstances in each individual case.