Current DIS Copenhagen Health and Safety Notifications

DIS Copenhagen Health and Safety Notifications

March 24, 2021

Yesterday, Danish authorities announced a general timeline toward a continued gradual reopening throughout April and May. Each announced phase is separated by two weeks to give authorities the opportunity to assess whether the next stage to be entered safely based on COVID-19 numbers.

The announcement also indicates that all restrictions will end “when the oldest and vulnerable citizens and citizens over 50 years old have been vaccinated with the first dose, if they want it.”

The announced timeline includes:

  • March 22nd: Gathering limit increased to 50, but only for officially organized outdoor sports and association activities. Informal social gatherings remain limited to 5 people indoors, however, is increased to 10 for outside gatherings.
  • April 6th: Higher Education can return at 20%, increased return of children to schools, and further opening of service industries such as hairdressers and massage therapists.
  • April 21st: Larger shopping malls allowed to open. Cultural facilities such as museums, art galleries and libraries allowed to open. Restaurants allowed to serve outside.
  • May 6th: Concert venues, theatres and cinemas allowed to open. Restaurants permitted to operate indoor services. Sports for adults expanded.
  • May 21st: Evening schools and other auxiliary education can reopen. All sports facilities allowed to reopen. Indoor parts of amusement parks, zoos and other outdoor cultural facilities will be allowed to reopen.

The plan does not include information about when the students currently distance learning from outside Denmark might be able to travel.

The announcement also includes a new “vaccination passport,” which will facilitate access at each stage of reopening to businesses etc. To those that have either proof of vaccination, proof of a recent infection resulting in immunity or proof of a negative test result within 72 hours.

The plan provides only high-level information and we expect more details in the coming weeks as agencies and authorities determine how this guidance will translate into more granular policy. We will, in turn, update DIS students as more information becomes available and as DIS makes decisions.

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February 24, 2021

Danish authorities announced a few steps toward a gradual reopening.

The new changes include:

  • Most shops will open again in Copenhagen on March 1 with a limit on the number of customers inside at a time. Large shops, those in shopping malls, hairdressers, etc. will remain closed.
  • Gathering limits are increased to 25 but only for officially organized outdoor sports and association activities. Informal social gatherings remain limited to 5 people.
  • Reopening in March of outdoor cultural institutions, including Tivoli and the zoo, with a recent negative COVID-19 test. Please check websites for the institution as actual opening dates will vary.
  • Some high school students will be returning to in-person classes in some regions, not including Copenhagen for now. Higher education (and DIS) will continue with remote learning.

The other existing restrictions, including the 2 meter social distance requirement, masking, limits on social gatherings and distance learning requirements, remain and continue to be motivated by the new (more contagious and less predictable) variants. The government has indicated a hope to further relax restrictions in early April as case numbers allow.

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January 28, 2021

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced today that Denmark’s current restrictions, including the border restriction for entering students, will be extended to February 28. As planned, all DIS courses will continue to be held online for this period, and this also means that Spring Semester students currently learning remotely will be able to enter Denmark no earlier than March 1. We will of course update students with further information as we learn more about the likelihood of further extensions.


January 8, 2021

Danish authorities held a press conference today announcing a temporary restriction limiting entry into Denmark for several categories of visitors who had previously been allowed to enter under ‘worthy purpose’ exceptions to the COVID-19 travel ban – including visiting students. Case numbers continue to trend downward in Denmark; the new restriction is part of an effort to limit the import of new COVID-19 variants now being discovered in the UK, South Africa etc.
This restriction, which is currently set to be in place from January 10-17, does not impact students already in the country, but could of course have implications on our Spring Semester students’ ability to enter Denmark on January 16 as planned. DIS is waiting for further details and will meet with Danish immigration authorities Monday morning local time in order to update our incoming semester students.


January 5, 2021

The restrictions announced on December 7 have been extended until January 17 due to concerns of the more contagious variant. In addition, the gathering limit has been lowered from 10 to 5 people, and the distancing requirement in all public places has changed from 1 meter to 2 meters.


December 7, 2020

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced new restrictions that will be in place from Wednesday until January 3. These measures are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 among young people in the Copenhagen region, so that Danish families can safely spend Christmas and other upcoming holidays together with those outside their household, in groups of up to 10.

The new restrictions in effect until January 3 include:

  • Restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, sports centers, and swimming pools will be closed in Copenhagen and neighboring municipalities. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to offer takeaway services.
  • Indoor areas at amusement parks, zoos, aquariums and similar attractions, as well as museums, theatres, cinemas and libraries, will also be closed during this period.
  • Classes and exams at higher education institutions will be temporarily moved online. This includes the remaining days of the Wellesley College custom program; see details on Canvas and in your email from DIS Academic Director Helle Rytkønen.

Existing restrictions now in effect until February 28 include:

  • Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. (Academic settings remain exempt.)
  • Face masks are required in all indoor public places and transportation.
  • Alcohol may not be purchased after 10pm.

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October 24, 2020

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has announced new restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Denmark.

New restrictions include:

Gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited

  • This restriction does NOT apply to educational settings; schools and universities in Denmark will remain open. Therefore, DIS classes and field studies will proceed in person (with some possible adjustments as needed), with continued distancing and sanitizing protocols.
  • All scheduled co-curricular gatherings greater than 10 people – including “DIScover Copenhagen” events – will be adjusted to meet local guidelines; DIS staff will contact registered students with details.

Facemasks will be required in all indoor public places

  • This includes supermarkets and shops, libraries, and all other indoor public areas, as well as DIS facilities including classrooms, stairwells, meeting spaces, etc. Per the regulation, you may remove your mask once seated in a classroom (or you may choose to keep it on).
  • This also includes common spaces at DIS housing (common room, laundry room, etc).
  • While this requirement does not take effect until Thursday, October 29th, DIS will implement it immediately in all DIS facilities including at DIS housing.

Alcohol may not be purchased after 10pm as of Monday, October 26th including at supermarkets and convenience stores.

The restrictions announced last month will also remain in place; see ‘September 15, 2020’ post below for details.

At this time, Denmark’s Covid-19 case count remains lower than most of Europe. Case numbers are expected to continue to rise, but, based on observed patterns of behavior in the spring/summer, we expect broad compliance to limit the peak ahead. We must work together to ensure that the recent rise in cases across Europe does not lead to uncontrolled spread here in Denmark. Thank you for your collaboration.

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September 17, 2020

Copenhagen Police are imposing a gathering ban after 10:00 pm in certain areas of the city. This gathering ban is effective in Kødbyen (Meatpacking district), and other popular locations labeled as warning zones.

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September 15, 2020

The Danish authorities are implementing new, local restrictions as of Thursday, September 17, to prevent an increase of COVID-19 cases.

These restrictions mean that you will be required to wear a face mask in cafés, bars, and restaurants, when you are not sitting at a table. Furthermore, all bars, cafés, and restaurants must close at 10:00 pm every night, at least until October 1. The authorities are urging guests to go to their separate homes after 10:00 pm, and not continue the party in the streets or in a private setting, so we strongly discourage meeting up in larger groups at the kollegium after 10:00 pm.

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