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Cafes open in Denmark as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

Cafes open in Denmark as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

21/4/2021 10:07:00 PM

Cafes open in Denmark as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

Danes returned to cafes, restaurants, bars and museums on Wednesday (Apr 21) for the first time in months as COVID-19 restrictions were eased ...

WorldPeople enjoy outdoor service as cafes, restaurants and bars reopen as part of easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Apr 21, 2021. (Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS)22 Apr 2021 02:36AM

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Share this contentBookmarkCOPENHAGEN: Danes returned to cafes, restaurants, bars and museums on Wednesday (Apr 21) for the first time in months as COVID-19 restrictions were eased thanks to a drop in infection rates.Cafes and restaurants had been shut down except for takeaway since a second wave of COVID-19 accelerated in December. It has since receded, unlike in certain other European countries that are experiencing a third wave.

AdvertisementAdvertisementDenmark has adopted a"corona-passport" system whereby people can either use a mobile application or a government-approved form to show if they have been vaccinated, previously infected or have had a negative test in the past 72 hours. headtopics.com

Staff at cafes and restaurants are required to check customers' corona-passports before they let them in.The system has generated some controversy, but appeared to be functioning smoothly on Wednesday.Britt Pedersen, 71, a retired high-school teacher, headed to her favourite cafe, Kaffesalonen, which overlooks a lake in central Copenhagen. She showed a waitress proof of a recent negative test, adding that she had also had her first dose of vaccine.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"I've looked forward to coming down here," said Pedersen."Kaffesalonen is the kind of place where I can come down and get a cup of coffee and read the daily newspaper, a book or talk to the other customers."

Among other regulars happy to return to the cafe after the lockdown was Jorn Tolstrup, 71, a retired school headmaster. He had been staying in touch with friends on Facebook, and a group of them had met up outdoors a week earlier for a warm-up coffee. Sitting down in the cafe was a definite step-up.

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