The Danish government will not extend the categorisation of Covid -19 as a disease presenting a “critical threat to society” in Denmark


The current Danish categorisation of Covid-19 as a disease presenting a “critical threat to society” expires on September 10th 2021 . The Danish government has decided not to extend this categorisation. This is partly due to high vaccine uptake and partly due to strong epidemic control .

The decision not to extend covid-19’s status as a disease presenting a “critical threat to society” has been taken with the involvement of the Professional Reference Group, the Epidemic Commission and the .

Minister for Health Magnus Heunicke states:

The epidemic is under control and we have record high vaccination numbers. Therefore, on September 10th, we can discontinue some of the special legal measures we had to introduce in the fight against Covid-19. The government has promised not to retain these measures any longer than necessary, and this is where we are now. However, although we are in a good place now, we have not reached the end of the epidemic. Therefore, the government will not hesitate to act quickly if the pandemic once again threatens critical functions in our society.

Covid-19’s categorisation as a disease presenting a “critical threat to society” is what made it possible to introduce a number of those special legal measures we have applied for dealing with Covid-19 within Danish society, such as a ban on gatherings, and the requirements of a coronavirus passport and face masks.

When the categorisation expires, a number of provisions of the Epidemic Act will no longer apply. This means, among other things, that the remaining restrictions in the reopening agreement from June 2021 will end, as there will no longer be a legal basis for maintaining them. Specifically, this encompasses the requirement for coronavirus passports in order to enter nightclubs and discos.