The recently proposed measures are, in effect, a reversal of steps taken earlier this autumn, when Denmark became one of the first European nations to remove restrictions and demote COVID-19’s threat level. Since then, however, the nation has been rocked by record infection figures unseen since 2020, which the prime minister blamed on the unvaxxed.The Danish government has confirmed plans to reintroduce requirements that COVID-19 health passes be shown at bars, restaurants and public events.The health pass will be required at indoor events with over 200 spectators and outdoors events with over 2,000 spectators.Furthermore, the government supported once again upgrading COVID-19 to the status of “critical threat to society”, a step that allows restrictions, such as face mask mandates, assembly limits and lockdowns, to be introduced. This measure has been backed by the ruling Social Democrats’ sidekicks: the Red-Green Alliance, the Socialist People’s Party and the Social Liberal Party.
Denmark currently has a Covid-19 vaccination rate of just over 75 percent.The health pass documents a recent negative COVID-19 test or immunity against the virus due to vaccination or recent recovery from infection. The validity period for earlier infections will thus be reduced from one year to merely six months. Furthermore, the pass will be required from those over the age of 15, a change from the previous minimum age of 16.The proposed measures are, in effect, a reversal of the steps made in September, when Denmark became one of the first European nations to wind down restrictions and demote COVID-19’s threat level.