At a press conference this week, the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, extended the current, nationwide restrictions until Feb. 7, as well as a partial closure in Greater Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and a number of municipalities in the capital and in Zealand. If there are no restrictions, the Statens Serum Institut expects an infection level of 4,000 daily. Masks must be worn in all public places, on public transport and in shops, nationwide.

In the high risk areas, fitness centers and swimming pools had to close from Wednesday, Dec. 9. High schools and places of education for young people are recommended to stop singing and sports. All staff in both the public and private sectors should work from home where possible.

Last week the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, introduced a tightening of restrictions in retail. All stores must be marked with one-way arrows and one-meter distance marks at the checkouts, and cannot exceed a maximum number of visitors allowed in stores. Stores over 2,000 square meters may only allow one customer per eight square meters to avoid crowds.

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