Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (R) and Health Minister Magnus Heunicke give a press conference on the situation in the country amidst the new coronavirus pandemic on September 18, 2020 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Copenhagen. (Photo by MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:07 PM PT – Saturday, September 11, 2021
Denmark has become the first European country to lift all COVID restrictions, including so-called vaccine passports. Citing a high vaccination rate on Friday, the small Nordic country lifted all mask and distancing mandates except for in airports.
Additionally, the health officials have removed COVID-19 off their list of viruses of serious concern saying the hospitals can now handle the virus like any other disease when cases arise. The country’s health minister said while the government would take action if the situation deteriorates, the virus is currently under control and the Danes are ready for freedom.
“Everyday life is pretty much the same and the freedom is there in range, but the good habits also have to be there. So, we still have a disease amongst us which is very contagious, but we also have some very very strong weapons: Vaccines, testing and so forth in our society,” stated the Health Minister of Denmark Magnus Heunicke.
As Denmark transitions back to normality, they are still implementing strict border controls for noncitizens. Visitors from outside the country will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to enter the country.