Sports and recreational facilities etc.

Questions and answers about sports and recreational facilities.

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Sports, association and recreational activities

Questions and answers concerning sports, club and recreational activities. Updated: 10 February 2021.

Premises for sports, recreational and club activities, including sports centres, gambling arcades, casinos, theme and water parks, public swimming pools, fitness centres and private associations, must keep their premises closed to the public.

However, the premises can stay open for essential rehabilitation activities.

The rules do not apply to professional athletes and the facilities used by the athletes before, during and after the performance of the sport.

Special provisions relating to horses:

Horse owners are not prevented from going to the stable to tend to their horses as everybody keeping animals must observe the rules of the Animal Welfare Act requiring them to accommodate, feed, water and tend to the animals in view of the physiological, behavioural and healthcare needs of the animals. The Equine Husbandry Act specifies that any person keeping a horse must ensure that the horse is checked at least once a day.

As regards the exercising of horses in a riding hall, it is a requirement under the Equine Husbandry Act that horses must be exercised or be allowed to move freely in a paddock for at least two hours five days a week. Exercise means activities such as riding or lunging a horse. Therefore, it is a general requirement that horses must be exercised. As some horses (such as young horses and fiery horses) cannot be exercised in the open air, it is allowed to exercise horses in a riding hall; however, the ban on gatherings of more than five people must still be observed. Horse riding lessons and group training in riding halls are not allowed as riding halls cannot be used for activities in the nature of sports and recreational activities.

Yes. Professional athletes and the facilities used by the athletes before, during and after the performance of the sport are exempt from the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings and, accordingly, the ban on large gatherings and the requirement to keep sports facilities closed to the public do not apply. This means that professional athletes are allowed at the facilities, but not audience, volunteers etc. 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.

The ban on gatherings of more than five people being simultaneously at the same location applies in most cases, also to sports events.

If a sports event etc. 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. Professional athletes and people attending as employees, such as salaried coaches, trainers and officials, are not included in the five people. At professional sports events, up to 500 people, including players, coaches, officials and staff, can gather simultaneously.

 Please note that premises for sports, recreational and club activities must stay closed to the public. This means that such events (except for professional sports events) are allowed only as outdoor events. Professional athletes and the facilities used by the athletes before, during and after the performance of the sport are exempt from this requirement and can still use premises for sports, recreational and club activities.

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Horse owners are not prevented from going to the stable to tend to their horses as everybody keeping animals must observe the rules of the Animal Welfare Act requiring them to accommodate, feed, water and tend to the animals in view of the physiological, behavioural and healthcare needs of the animals. The Equine Husbandry Act specifies that any person keeping a horse must ensure that the horse is checked at least once a day.

Horse riding lessons and group training in riding halls are not allowed as riding halls must stay closed to the public. However, employees of riding schools can use a riding hall for exercising the riding school horses etc. in connection with their jobs.

As regards the exercising of horses in a riding hall, it is a requirement under the Equine Husbandry Act that horses must be exercised or be allowed to move freely in a paddock for at least two hours five days a week. Exercise means activities such as riding or lunging a horse. Therefore, it is a general requirement that horses must be exercised. As some horses (such as young horses and fiery horses) cannot be exercised in the open air, it is allowed to exercise horses in a riding hall, but the ban on gatherings of more than five people at events etc. must still be observed. Accordingly, horse riding lessons and group training in riding halls are not allowed as riding halls must stay closed to sports, club and recreational activities.

Yes. Outdoor riding lessons are allowed. However, the ban on gatherings of more than five people must still be observed.

Premises for sports, recreational and club activities, including buildings for horse riding lessons, must stay closed to the public.

However, horse owners are not prevented from going to the stable to tend to their horses as everybody keeping animals must observe the rules of the Animal Welfare Act requiring them to accommodate, feed, water and tend to the animals in view of the physiological, behavioural and healthcare needs of the animals. The Equine Husbandry Act specifies that any person keeping a horse must ensure that the horse is checked at least once a day.

Indoor paintball/hardball/airsoft fields

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor paintball/hardball/airsoft fields

Outdoor paintball, hardball and airsoft fields etc. can stay open.

 

However, the ban on gatherings of more than five people at events, activities etc. also applies to such fields. If group activities are organised at a hardball field etc., such as the division of players into competing teams, such activities would normally fall within the scope of the ban on activities and events with more than five participants.

Several separate events with up to five participants can be hosted simultaneously as long as the events are not run at the same location. The groups must be effectively separated. Persons attending as employees, such as salaried trainers, are not included in the five people. 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.

Where the field is open to the public and the number of people gathered exceeds the maximum number of people allowed according to the ban on large gatherings even though it is not considered an activity or event as such, the police can issue a dispersal order if the police find that there is 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.

As the authority responsible for the field of sports, the Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet) has issued guidelines with recommendations for indoor activities of sports clubs and associations as well as sports and association facilities. The guidelines agreed by the sector partnership have been uploaded to kum.dk.

The rules do not apply to professional athletes. Such 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 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. Moreover, the Executive Ban on Large Gatherings does not apply 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.

Indoor training

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

 

Outdoor training

Yes, if activities are performed in groups of no more than five people (including volunteer coaches, parents etc.). Persons attending as employees, such as salaried coaches, are not included in the five people. If there are more groups of no more than five people present simultaneously at the same sports facility, it must be ensured that the distance between the groups is sufficient to prevent them from constituting one big group; they must be separate events. One way of achieving this is to divide the area into sections with a clear distance between the individual sections and allocate a separate, specific section to each group (separate events).

If training sessions can be organised for groups of no more than five people (separate events) and the groups are effectively separated, have their own coaches and otherwise in practice observe the ban on gatherings of more than five people, it is possible to have several concurrent training sessions. The same coach or instructor cannot coach several of the groups present at the same time as, in that case, the coaching will be considered to be one single event and in that way violate the ban on gatherings of more than five people.

However, if sports or fitness activities etc. are attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Indoor cups, shows, competitions etc.

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor cups, shows, competitions, boat and sailing races etc.

Yes. Cups, shows etc. can be organised if no more than five people gather simultaneously at the same location. The five people who can attend an event, activity, etc. comprises everybody present, such as athletes, referees, audience, helpers, volunteer coaches and trainers etc. Persons attending as employees, such as salaried coaches and referees, are not included in the five people.

It is possible to organise cups, shows etc. with staggered starts as long as no more than five people gather simultaneously at the same location. Examples are horse riding cups or shows, which can be scheduled with a morning programme attended by up to five people, who will subsequently go home, and an afternoon programme with five other people attending the cup or show.

Nothing prevents the same persons from attending more than one programme component of a cup or show with staggered starts. However, the ban on more than five people gathering simultaneously at the same location must be observed. Persons attending more than one programme component of a cup or show must be included in the count of participants at all the programme components attended by such persons.

Moreover, it is also possible to organise events with more than five participants if the event 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 events at sea at which participants sail in small groups 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 participants will therefore normally be allowed. In any case, no more than 500 people can attend the entire event simultaneously.

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.

However, if cups, shows etc. are attended only by members of the same household or by people who are each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Indoor activities

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor activities

Yes, if activities are performed in groups of no more than five people (including volunteers, participants etc.). Persons attending as employees, such as salaried leaders, are not included in the five people. If there are more groups of no more than five people simultaneously within the same area, it must be ensured that the distance between the groups is sufficient to prevent them from constituting one big group. One way of achieving this is to divide the area into sections with a clear distance between the individual sections and allocate a separate section to each group.

If the activity can be organised for groups of no more than five people (separate events) and the groups are effectively separated, have their own leaders and otherwise in practice observe the ban on events etc. with more than five people, it is possible to have several concurrent activities.

What is essential is that the individual groups are effectively separated so that it can be determined in the specific circumstances that they are individual groups (separate events) of no more than five people each.

However, if activities etc. are attended only by members of the same household or by people who are each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Indoor climbing walls

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor climbing walls and treetop adventure parks

Yes. Outdoor climbing walls and treetop adventure parks are allowed to stay open. If an event or another activity has been organised, no more than five people can gather simultaneously at the same location. Accordingly, no more than five people can gather simultaneously for instruction or similar activities.

However, if an event is attended only by members of the same household or by people who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Ordinary individual climbing activities etc. at outdoor climbing walls or treetop adventure parks not performed as part of an event etc., but by persons belonging to different separate companies, are not considered to be group activities. In such situations, more than five people can be simultaneously at an outdoor climbing wall or a treetop adventure park.

Please note that 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.

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

Indoor golf courses

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor golf courses

It is allowed to play golf. However, events and activities at the golf clubhouse, on the green etc. with more than five participants gathered simultaneously at the same location are banned.

However, it is possible to organise events with more than five participants if the event 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. However, a maximum of 500 people can attend the event simultaneously.

Where more than five people have gathered in a public place, including on a golf course, even though it is not an event, activity or the like, the police can issue a dispersal order if the people present are deemed by the police to constitute a particular risk of infection with the novel coronavirus.

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.

Toilets, changing rooms, storerooms etc. can remain open for storage purposes and for short-term stays on the condition that premises for sports, recreational and club activities, including sports halls, remain off-limits. However, clubhouses must stay closed to the public. Accordingly, no one can stay in clubhouses etc.

Indoor ice skating rinks

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public. 

Outdoor ice skating rinks

Yes. Outdoor ice skating rinks can stay open. If an event or another activity has been organised, no more than five people can gather simultaneously at the same location. Accordingly, no more than five people can gather simultaneously for skating instruction or similar activities.

However, if an event is attended only by members of the same household or by people who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Ordinary ice skating activities etc. not performed as part of an event etc., but by persons belonging to different separate companies, are not considered to be group activities. In such situations, more than five people can be simultaneously on an outdoor ice skating rink. Please note that 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.

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

Yes. The letting of camping sites and cabins is not banned by legislation, but certain pertaining activities like indoor playgrounds, water parks, gambling arcades etc. must stay closed to the public.

Restaurants and cafes at camping areas and holiday resorts are allowed to stay open to sell food and drinks not consumed at the establishment (takeaway).

Other premises at camping areas and holiday resorts such as kiosks, shared kitchen facilities as well as shower and toilet facilities can also stay open.

Restaurants and cafes (takeaway) and other premises open to the public must observe the following requirements:

  1. Premises open to the public must have a floor area of at least 7.5 square metres for each customer, visitor or participant. However, if the floor area is less than 7.5 square metres, one customer, visitor or participant can always be allowed despite the requirement described in the first sentence of this paragraph. Restaurants, bars and similar establishments must display information posters at entrance doors stating the maximum number of people allowed at the premises, but see the first and second sentence of this paragraph. The first and second sentences of this paragraph do not apply to retail areas. The rules applicable to such areas are set out in section 9(2) of the Executive Order Banning Large Gatherings.
  2. The layout of the premises must be designed to the extent possible to minimise the risk of infection, including by making it possible for customers, visitors and participants to maintain social distance.
  3. Information posters must be displayed 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 to be displayed according to the first sentence of this paragraph must be the ones published by the Danish Health Authority.
  4. All employees and other persons admitted to the premises must observe the Danish Health Authority's recommendations on good hygiene and appropriate conduct. The recommendations mentioned in the first sentence of this requirement are issued by the Danish Health Authority.
  5. Water and soap and/or hand sanitizer (with an alcohol concentration of at least 70%) must be available to customers, visitors and participants.

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

Yes. Outdoor swimming facilities and swimming pools etc. can stay open.

It is not allowed to organise or attend events, activities etc. with more than five participants simultaneously at the same location, such as a water polo tournament and water aerobics classes, at or in outdoor swimming areas, outdoor swimming pools etc. However, if an event is attended only by members of the same household or by people who are all each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

Please note that the police can issue a dispersal order if more than five 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. If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

No. Zoos, public aquariums etc. must stay closed to the public. This requirement applies to both indoor and outdoor facilities.

No. Premises for cultural activities, including circus tents, must stay closed to the public.

No. Amusement parks, travelling fun fairs etc. must stay closed to the public. This requirement applies to both indoor and outdoor facilities.

No. Recreational angling at a put-and-take fishery is not an event, activity or the like that falls within the scope of the ban on gatherings of more than five people being simultaneously at the same location. Ordinary visits to a put-and-take fishery are therefore allowed. Normally, this is also the case even if there are more than five people present.

If an event or activity such as an angling event for more than five people is organised at a put-and-take fishery, the event will fall within the scope of the ban. 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. It is always determined based on an assessment of the specific circumstances whether it is an event, activity or the like.

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

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

Drive-in events fall within the scope of the Executive Order on Public Entertainment. Prior permission to hold an event must therefore be obtained from the police. The police may issue conditions for a permission, including conditions intended to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and conditions intended to maintain peace and order. A safety plan must be prepared for certain events.

Please note that the police can issue a dispersal order if more than five 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. If a dispersal order is deemed insufficient, the police can also issue a temporary ban on loitering at the location.

Stage performances etc. that are not otherwise allowed cannot be made lawful by being converted into a drive-in event.

Indoor dog training lessons

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.

Outdoor dog training lessons

Dog training lessons and other group activities can be organised when no more than five people gather simultaneously at the same location for the activity. However, if dog training lessons or other group activities are attended only by members of the same household or only by persons who are each other's closest relatives, up to 10 people can attend simultaneously.

No. Museums must keep their indoor and outdoor facilities closed to the public.

Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for on-site consumption in connection with a museum must also stay closed, but are still allowed to sell takeaway food and drinks.

The ban on gatherings of more than five people simultaneously at the same location 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. At such activities, no more than 50 people, including participants up to and including the age of 21, whether they are alone or with families, are allowed simultaneously at the same location. Please note that people performing a job function, including salaried coaches or trainers, are not included when the people present are counted.

No. Premises for sports, club and recreational activities must stay closed to the public.