The decision is therefore difficult to make, the Social Democratic minister emphasizes. Together with Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S), he meets today with the party leaders in the Folketing to discuss the possible relief.
Denmark tightened virus restrictions a month and a half ago, partly due to concerns about the more contagious variant of the virus that first gained a foothold in the UK. This means that restaurants, most shops, theaters, museums and gyms are closed, at least until February.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, chairman of the bourgeois opposition party Venstre, is expected to press for greater relief during the talks. Among other things, he believes that hairdressers and masseurs should be able to open – in “sensible” ways.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) has previously said that a scaled-up test is crucial for Danish society to be able to open up. Among other things, the government has entered into an agreement with the municipalities ‘and regions’ interest organizations that more citizens will be tested for covid-19 twice a week
On Wednesday, the government will announce whether the restrictions can be eased.
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