Denmark has lifted the remainder of its Covid-19 restrictions which has brought a full return to offices, no masks and an end to vaccine passports in nightclubs.
The vaccine passports, which were introduced back in March, were abolished at all venues on September 1st except for nightclubs.
Ulrik Orum-Peterson, who is a promoter at event organiser Live Nation, stated; “We are definitely at the forefront in Denmark as we have no restrictions, and we are now on the other side of the pandemic thanks to the vaccination rollout,”.
A sold-out concert which welcomed 50,000 people took place on Saturday, which was a first in Europe since the start of the pandemic.
“Being in the crowd, singing like before, it almost made me forget Covid and everything we’ve been through these past months,”, said one concert-goer.
The lifting of Denmark’s Covid-19 restrictions has placed praise on the country’s vaccination programme, which has fully vaccinated 73% of the 5.8 million population and 96% of those aged 65 and older.
Catherine Smallwood, World Health Organisation Europe’s emergency officer, paid tribute to the nation’s public health measures and public compliance in assisting the country’s easing of restrictions.
“Like many countries, Denmark has, throughout the pandemic, implemented public health and social measures to reduce transmission. But at the same time it has greatly relied on individuals and communities to comply voluntarily,”.
Danish authorities say that they have the virus under control with approximately 500 cases a day and a reproduction rate of 0.7.
However, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke stated that the government would not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if necessary.