Denmark relaxes further Covid restrictions with a new “Corona passport”

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Gyms, theaters and cinemas welcomed the Danes on Thursday thanks to a new round of easing Covid-19 restrictions and dependence on a “corona passport”.

Equipped with the pass, you can already visit restaurants, museums or the hairdresser in Denmark.

Now the new certificate – which confirms that they have either tested negative in the last 72 hours, have been vaccinated, or have recently recovered from Covid-19 – will also allow them access to other locations that were closed due to the pandemic.

“I don’t mind showing the Corona passport. I think it’s very good, you feel safe while everything is reopened,” 22-year-old student Ottilia told AFP when she came by to get tickets for one upcoming show buy the Falkoner cinema in central Copenhagen.

“I’m very excited, I missed going to the cinema. I’m looking forward to seeing another film on the big screen, ”said project manager Stina, who had come with a few friends to see a new Danish film.

– Everything for a beer –

The pass was introduced in early March when the zoos reopened and was a prerequisite for each new phase of Denmark’s reopening.

“It is a great success because it combined the reopening of the economy and accelerated the testing,” said Lars Ramme, Tourism Director of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.

Bars, cafes and restaurants have been using it since April 21.

“I honestly think that after four or five months of lockdown, at least in Copenhagen, people will do everything they can to get a beer and something to eat,” said Mikkel Bjergso, founder of the Mikkeler microbrewery.

In one of his bars, Warpigs, he installed a self-test booth for customers without a valid certificate.

The health pass is currently primarily available digitally via a mobile phone app that accesses your personal health data, but also in paper form.

“Right now it’s a good idea. Carl Kronika, a 21-year-old entrepreneur, told AFP.

Like his friends who met to drink beer, he is tested twice a week at one of the many locations around Copenhagen.

With only 12.7 percent of Danes fully vaccinated, the passport depends heavily on testing.

In the center of the Danish capital, the company Copenhagen Medicals has converted a concert hall into a provisional test center in which up to 3,000 people can be tested every day.

Up to 500,000 tests can be carried out daily and the activity has become almost everyday in the Nordic country of 5.8 million people.

“It’s the new normal. I have included it in my schedule that I have myself tested every third day,” Maibrit Dener-Madsen, director of the cinema, told AFP.

– Significant effect –

In the country where there is generally high levels of trust in the authorities, the adoption of the Corona passport has met with little or no resistance.

One of the objectors, however, is the “Men in Black” protest movement, which regularly carries out protests around Copenhagen.

While every third Dane thinks the restrictions are too strict, just over 10 percent support the protests, according to a recent poll by Aarhus University.

The Danish Ethics Council – an independent body – calls in its recommendations “a gradual reduction in the use of the Corona passport so that it is only used as long as it has a significant impact on combating the epidemic”.

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