With no masks in sight, buzzing offices and concerts drawing tens of thousands, Denmark on Friday ditches vaccine passports in nightclubs, ending its last Covid curb.
The vaccine passports were introduced in March 2021 when Copenhagen slowly started easing restrictions.
“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,” Ulrik Orum-Petersen, a promoter at event organiser Live Nation, told AFP.
Already on September 4, Live Nation organised a first open-air festival, aptly named “Back to Live”, which gathered 15,000 people in Copenhagen.
Denmark’s vaccination campaign has gone swiftly, with 73 percent of the 5.8 million population fully vaccinated, and 96 percent of those 65 and older.
“We’re aiming for free movement… What will happen now is that the virus will circulate and it will find the ones who are not vaccinated,” epidemiologist Lone Simonsen told AFP.
According to the World Health Organization, the Scandinavian country has benefitted from public compliance with government guidelines and the Covid strategy adopted.
With around 500 daily Covid cases and a reproduction rate of 0.7, Danish authorities say they have the virus under control.
Authorities insist that the return to normal life must be coupled with strict hygiene measures and the isolation of sick people.
“Every country needs to remain vigilant as and when the epidemiological situation changes,” Smallwood said.
A third dose has also been available to risk groups since Thursday.
Christian Nedergaard, who owns several restaurants and wine bars in Copenhagen, said that while everyone is happy about the return to normal life, “the situation is still complicated.”
“The industry needs to think about how to become more resilient.”
Originally published as The way we were: Denmark lifts all Covid curbs