Cafés and restaurants reopen in Denmark, which takes on an air of normality

With the reopening of museums, cafes, bars and restaurants and the return of terraces, Copenhagen on Wednesday regains an air of normality thanks to a stable circulation of the Covid-19.

Denmark has decided to speed up its reopening and, in the evening, fans will return to the stands for the finals of the Superliga, the Danish football first division.

“The pandemic is not over (…) but we have the impression that we are approaching the last chapter,” Darcy Millar, owner of the eponymous café in the center of the Danish capital, told AFP.

Regulars flock to its terrace, delighted to be able to taste their coffee in “real” cups.

“We had to take it to take away (…) it was frustrating. But here, it’s fantastic, I’m very happy,” said Dominic Parr, a 26-year-old Copenhagen resident.

A few kilometers away, the national museum has set up small tents to verify that each visitor, masked, has his “coronapas”.

As a corollary of the reopening, the presentation of this health passport certifying a negative test of less than 72 hours, a vaccination or a recent recovery from Covid-19, is required in order to be able to return to the museum or to sit at the restaurant. , where a reservation is required, but not for the terraces.

At the National Museum, we welcome this “almost return to normal”.

“It’s a really special day, to reopen after five months!”, Rejoices the deputy director of the cultural establishment, Anni Mogensen.

Despite this great reopening, secondary school students remain partially in distance education and many employees whose presence is not compulsory at their workplace are still teleworking.

If the nightclubs are still closed, cinemas, theaters and concert halls must reopen on May 6.

This reopening plan may however be subject to local adjustments, including targeted closures if the circulation of the virus starts to rise again.

In the Nordic kingdom of 5.8 million people, the number of new cases is more than four times lower than in December, when the country was placed in semi-containment with the closure of schools and non-essential businesses , now reopened.

The vaccination campaign, slowed down by the abandonment of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to very rare but serious side effects, is due to end in August. Currently, 8.9% of the population has been fully vaccinated and 18.8% has received a first dose.

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