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Extended COVID-19 restrictions now apply to the whole country

December 15, 2020
The extended restrictions, which up to now have applied in 69 municipalities, will now apply to the whole country.

In order to avoid an explosion of COVID-19 infections over Christmas and the New Year, existing regional restrictions will now be extended to the whole country, and will therefore apply all 98 municipalities.

Consequently, a further number of higher education institutions will be affected by the extended restrictions, which means that it will no longer be a recommendation to "change to digital teaching whenever possible", but a requirement that institutions of higher education "change to digital teaching without physical attendance".

Higher education institutions throughout the country are thus covered by the following directives:

  • A change to digital education without physical attendance at higher education institutions.
  • There may be a few exceptions in very special cases where attendance is necessary, including, for example, laboratory, clinical and workshop teaching.
  • Examinations are exempted if a change to digital exams is not practically possible.
  • If there is physical attendance, increased attention must be paid to not coming to the institution if you have symptoms, hand hygiene, general cleaning, keeping one's distance and face masks.
  • Public employers are encouraged to send home all staff not carrying out critical functions. Those sent home should, as far as possible, work from home.
  • Libraries must remain closed to the public except for the returning and borrowing of materials for research and teaching purposes.

These extended restrictions will apply in all municipalities up to and including 3 January 2021.

National restrictions

When the extended restrictions cease to apply and until 28 February 2021, a number of other national restrictions will apply to higher education institutions:

  • the requirement to use a face mask or visor in educational institutions;        
  • the recommendation to cancel events the purpose of which is primarily social;
  • the recommendation to cancel events involving accommodation, e.g., outdoor camps, camp schools and study trips. This does not apply to events that take place within a framework familiar to the organisers, and if the organisers can guarantee that the event will be held in full accordance with health authority recommendations about preventing the spread of infection;
  • encouraging employees to work from home as far as possible, to an extent that enables them to carry out their work.

For further information:

Press enquiries to the press line of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science: +45 7231 8181

Students should approach their educational institution for further information, and if they have any questions.


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