Denmark orders eateries to close early, bans large concerts

Denmark’s government has ordered nightclubs, bars and restaurants to close at midnight in an attempt to counter an uptick in COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also banned concerts where audiences have more than 50 people standing and required restaurant patrons to wear face masks when they aren’t seated. She recommended Wednesday that people work from home.

Speaking of the omicron variant, Frederiksen said that it’s expected that the omicron variant “will mean more infected, more sick and thus potentially more hospitalized patients.”

Norway on Tuesday introduced a 10-person limit for gatherings at private homes, although the number will be increased to 20 on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It also is capping attendance at public events without assigned seating at 50. In addition, the government says it’s advising people to work from home when possible and reintroducing a social distancing requirement for restaurants.

Neighboring Sweden also has recommended that employers give their workers the opportunity to work from home, and face masks are required on public transportation when crowding can’t be avoided.


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This story has been corrected to show that Denmark’s prime minister is a woman, not a man.

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