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New agreement brings all children back to school on 6 May, abolishes the table reservation rule but festivals are off

Late last night, the Danish Parliament and the Danish Government agreed on the next phase of easing of restrictions find the main points of the agreement here.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

Many parents and school children will be relieved to hear that from 6 May they may return to physical presence every day at school, however the need for a negative test will continue to be enforced.

The agreement about the phase two of the spring 2021 reopening was made late last night and for all of the opposition parties in parliament getting children back to school every day had been a priority.

Furthermore, the much discussed 30-minute reservation rule for indoor service in restaurants, bars and cafés was finally abolished, however the need to present coronavirus passport remains in place.

This is also the case for all of the other indoor activities which may now resume on 6 May.

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The need to present a coronavirus passport remains the door opener. Good news since a couple of weeks has been that for those who have been ill, their illness is now registered as valid for six months on the coronavirus passport, enabling them to refrain from getting a test from the date of their positive testing and for six months.

The bad news today is that due to the measures put in place to be able to gather larger crowds a range of the large music festivals such as Roskilde Festival, Heartland, Tinderbox etc. have announced today that they cancelled their 2021 festival but expect to be back in force in 2022.

The reason is the limitation on number of people gathered and the need to group people in groups of max 500, which makes if financially impossible as well as practically difficult for the big music festivals.

Good news is also that indoor leisure activities for all above the age of 18 may resume, such as fitness centres for instance. Only indoor leisure activities that do not require close contact may resume.

Find an overview of the easing of restrictions as of 6 May and 21 May

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Schools, colleges, business schools and universities:
Grades 5 to 8 can return to school as of 6 May full time as well as all last year graduates.
From 21 May all students at higher education institutions may return with physical presence 50 percent of the time.

Only with a coronavirus passport.

Concert halls, theatres, and cinemas may open again on 6 May with maximum 2,000 guests divided into sections of 500 and with a coronavirus passport. They must predominantly remain seated.

Right to assemble
As of 6 May 25, indoors and 75 outdoors

30-minute rule for reservations indoors at restaurants, bars and café is abolished as of 6 May.

Find the full agreement in Danish here.

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