Football fans are going to be allowed into stadiums from Wednesday and bars, restaurants and museums are reopening as Denmark takes an enormous foot forward in lifting its coronavirus restrictions. The big condition for Danes to require advantage of those new freedoms is that they need to prove they’re infection-free, by showing a coronapas or corona passport.
It’s a digital app on your phone which shows whether you’ve had a negative test result within the last 72 hours, a certificate of vaccination, or proof of a previous infection two to 12 weeks earlier. It also can be in paper form if necessary.
Digital certificates are seen as Europe’s route out of lockdown, and therefore the EU wants to possess its scheme in situation across all 27 member states by the top of June.
Privacy concerns have made the passes controversial in some countries, but Denmark is among the first to embrace the idea fully.
Why Denmark is fast out of the blocks?
Unlike much of Europe, this Scandinavian country succeeded in avoiding the 3rd wave and has started easing a lockdown that began last December.
Denmark’s infection and death rates are now at rock bottom in Europe and authorities here believe coronavirus is in check.
“We can open more now in Denmark, which is that the other of what many others are experiencing,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said when the reopening plans were revealed last month.
Many of the steps believe the corona passport. It already applies to hairdressers and tattoo parlors, but no shops, and will be required for cinemas, theatres, and gyms. Those who don’t comply risk being fined.