Denmark is officially the first country in Europe to lift all COVID-19 restrictions. The Scandinavian country decided to lift the restrictions gradually over a few weeks, building up to all restrictions being lifted and a vaccination pass no longer needed anywhere.
Aljazeera reports that on August 1, Denmark lifted the COVID pass requirement at museums and indoor events with fewer than 500 people, before ditching it for major events, while masks have not been required on public transport since mid-August.
Over the weekend, a sold-out concert in Copenhagen welcomed 50,000 people. Not one of the attendees were required to wear masks or show their vaccination passes.
With the World Health Organisation (WHO) emphasising that even though they encourage people across the globe to get vaccinated, it won’t eradicate the pandemic completely. WHO has also discouraged Danish officials from lifting their restrictions to no avail.
Time will tell whether the country made a good decision, but many believe they’ve played it safe for long enough. Denmark introduced a COVID pass back in March already. It formed part of their gradual easing of restrictions.
With most countries reaching levels where 70% of their population have already been vaccinated, it’s believed restrictions will soon be lifted elsewhere as well.
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