October 24, Archived Alert Related to COVID-19 (Updated Local COVID-19 Restrictions)

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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