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Culture, leisure and activities in the city

Read about how the situation affects cultural and leisure activities in Copenhagen.

Last updated 30th June at 14:10

Sport facilities

From week 24 you will gradually again have access to the muncipality's sports facilities. We recommend that you get information concerning specific sports facilities on their individual websites, since the reopening and rules may vary from facility to facility. 

Before you can find information for assocations here. That information has now been moved to a seperate article, which you can access in the right corner or by clicking here. 

The guidelines for the facilities are as follows:

The rooms will be equipped with information on the max. number of participants including audience. And rooms can be divided into section to accommodate more activities, however never more that 1 person per 4 square meters.

The changing rooms and bathing facilities can sadly not be used because we are planning to have as many people have access to the facilities as possible, and we can only do this if nobody comes before or stay after their activity.

Activities will be scheduled so one has to show up already changed at the start of the activity and leave the facilities no later than 5 minutes after the end of the activity.

When the new season starts, after the summerbreak, we expect that most things will be back to normal. 

The following applies for indoor swimming pools and lidos:

  • Personal washing and hygiene must be undertaken before use
  • There will be a limit to persons allowed into the changing rooms and bathing facilities
  • Signs/markings will be set up in the changing rooms and bathing facilities to ensure that distance and capacity requirements are upheld
  • The facility must be exited without bathing
  • Users musts clean areas of contact after each use

Most indoor swimming pools will reopen Wednesday the 10th of June.

Unfortunately, Vesterbro Svømmehal must have repairs to some loose tiles done before they can reopen in min. 3 weeks.

Tingbjerg Skolehal has experienced vandalism, resulting in broken glass at the bottom of the pool, which a diver has to remove before the reopening.

Hillerødegade Bad og Hal are expecting to reopen in the beginning of week 25 – due to a defect central heat pump.

Bellahøj Svømmestadion continues to be closed due to renovations. Bellahøj Friluftsbad will open on Saturday the 18th of July.

Culture houses

One of the places, where a lot of activities take place, are in our culture houses. They are also reopening from the 8th of June. To begin with it will be possible to use the workshops and meeting rooms in every culture houses. And as far as it is possible, they will also be open for other activities. Because the culture houses are so diverse in both their facilities and options, one must get information about exactly, which activities are open, on the culture houses' own websites. The culture houses will of course be following the authorities’ guidelines, so that everyone can feel and move safely. This means, that at first only will be free access to the individual culture house's café. All other activities in the culture houses must be planned in advance with the center’s staff.

At the Culture and Leisure Administration we have tried to be on top of the associations’ needs. Through a survey we have conducted whilst everything was closed, we have gotten some results, which we are currently working on analyzing and make useful. We are grateful for the interest there has been to give us input, so that we may provide better services to the association life.

Contact persons in the boroughs

Kultur Ø (Culture Ø): Alexander Lehmann,

Kultur S (Culture S): Thomas Bøgh,

Kultur V (Culture V): Mikkel Simonsen,

Kultur N (Culture N): Besar Rakipi,

Grøndal MultiCenter: Nete Kruuse Mikkelsen,

Agreement on the reopening and The Ministry of Culture’s guidelines

On the 6th of June the government and all the political parties in parliament reached an agreement on a further reopening of the sporting and association life in Denmark, which will happen as a part of the phase 3 reopening. The agreement, amongst other things, makes it clear that every political party agree that the indoor sports and association life, who has not already started reopening, should reopen from the 8th of June, as well as reopen spaces where sports and leisure activities are being conducted, including arcades, play- and waterparks, indoor swimming pools and gyms. Read the entire agreement for the reopening of the indoor sports and association life here.

The Ministry of Culture’s guidelines are published on The Ministry of Culture’s website. Get all the published guidelines concerning The Ministry of Culture’s area here.


Thorvaldsen's Museum, Nikolaj Kunsthal and the Museum of Copenhagen will be open from the 26th May. To make sure that the authorities' guidelines are being adhered to, and to ensure that it is safe to visit the museums, there will be a limit to the number of visitors. Get more information on the museum's websites, where it is also possible to purchase tickets online.

Many playgrounds are now reserved for institutions

Daycare institutions are in need of extra space, and they are therefore borrowing a lot of the city’s playgrounds. These playgrounds are reserved for the institutions during their opening hours. You may therefore encounter a closed playground – filled with children.

See the map with the playgrounds in the city and find one that is not reserved on the map

Supervised playgrounds

Almost all the supervised playgrounds are reserved for schools and institutions during the daytime. The indoor facilities are closed.

The animals at Bonderen, By Oasen and Karens Minde are being looked after as usual, however children and adults are currently not allowed access to the animals.

At the moment only Mimersparken is not reserved.

Splash pads and waterpark

The waterpark in Fælledparken and the city's 7 splash pads will not be filled with water this summer. The risk of infection is too high because there is not chlorine in the water like there is in swimming pools. Because the splash pads and the waterpark does not have the technical solution to use chlorine the will unfortunately not be open this summer.


Copenhagen’s libraries are open. It is now possible to loan books of the shelves, however still in a limited timeframe on weekdays. From the 8th of June the opening hours of Copenhagen’s libraries will be 1pm to 6 pm on all weekdays. Closed on the weekends.

It is still not allowed to be at the library, and for example sit and read or work. The will still not be access to the toilets, printing, photocopying, scanning, newspapers or magazines, as well as the libraries’ computers. You can find more information at (in Danish).

Sports facilities

All indoor sports facilities are closed until 8th June 2020.

Outdoor sports facilities can be used by clubs for activities that are conducted in a way that is safe and are in accordance with the health requirements set forth by the sports organisations’ guidelines. Distance requirements and assembly bans are still in effect.   

What are clubs and associations allowed to do, and what will they have to do, outdoors – when they reopen?

As a club or an association, it can be difficult to understand what one is allowed to do, can do and must do. Therefore, we have gathered the most important guidelines for a reopening of the outdoor sporting and association life. This information can be read in the pdf-document titled “Hvad må, kan og skal foreninger – udendørs” (in Danish). You will find this at the bottom of the page. We will make sure to update the document continuously, so make sure that you have the newest version.

One-way pedestrian traffic around the lakes

At the request of the Copenhagen Police, pedestrian traffic around the lakes is limited to one-way to reduce the risk of infection.

Please follow the signs posted.

Tourist information

Tourist information is closed for physical attendance. Phone calls and emails will be answered.

The City of Copenhagen follows the Government’s guidelines on subsidy supported music venues and music associations during COVID-19

It is now possible for recipients of project subsidies to keep these funds, even though the planned activities for which they received these subsidies cannot take place because of COVID-19. This applies for ssupport received by The City of Copenhagen in the period of the 12th March to 21st August 2020. And from Statens Kunstfond from the 9th March to the 8th June 2020. The documentation requirements, which the beneficiaries must adhere to, can be seen in “Bekendtgørelse om midlertidig ændret tilskudsudbetaling fra Statens Kunstfond” (in Danish). It can be read here: