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Culture and leisure – staying safe in the corona pandemic

Read here how COVID-19 is affecting the use of the City of Copenhagen’s facilities and institutions managed by Kultur- og Fritidsforvaltningen.

Updated 5 January 2022

To reduce the risk of contagion in society, restrictions and closures have been reintroduced in the area of culture and leisure. The restrictions apply to a number of municipal facilities and institutions managed by Kultur- og Fritidsforvaltningen.

Special conditions apply to associations and night schools

Facilities closed and activities cancelled

The following cultural facilities in the City of Copenhagen will be closed until, and including, Saturday, 15 January 2022.

  • Music venues
  • Museums and art exhibition spaces (Thorvaldsen’s Museum, Museum of Copenhagen, and Nikolaj Kunsthal)
  • Culture houses (including their use as assembley rooms or banqueting halls at private parties)
  • Legelandet − Grøndal MultiCenter
  • Sporting events and activities with paying audiences, indoors and outdoors
  • Other uses of the city’s culture and leisure facilities for religious congregation events, concerts, stage performances, film screenings or big screen events, lectures, conferences, or fairs.

Face mask and corona pass

A face mask or similar is required:

  • Persons aged 12 and older are legally required to wear a face mask, a face shield or visor, or similar face covering indoors at all of Copenhagen City’s culture and sports facilities not affected by the closings.  
  • The face covering requirement does not apply to participants in an activity or for people who are seated.
  • In addition, the face mask requirement may be waived in certain specific circumstances. Read more at https://en.coronasmitte.dk/prevent-infection

Corona pass requirement:

  • A corona passport is required to enter the city’s swimming pools. Participation in association or teaching actitivities is exempt from the corona pass requirement.
  • A corona passport is required at the city’s training centres and sports facilities.
  • Persons aged 14 and younger are excempt from the corona passport requirement. Find out more about the https://en.coronasmitte.dk/corona-passport.

Sports facilities

The City of Copenhagen’s sports facilities are not part of the closures but we ask that you refer to the following guidelines:

  • A face mask is required when moving around indoors at the city’s sports centres. The requirement does not apply during practice or when seated.
  • A corona pass is required to enter the city’s sports facilities.
  • Sports events and activites with paying audiences may not take place at municipal sports facilities ­− neither indoors nor outdoors − until after 16 January 2022.
  • Religious congregation events, concerts, stage performances, cinema or big screen events, lectures, conferences, or fairs may also not take place at the city’s sports centres.
  • Legelandet at Grøndal MultiCenter is also closed until after 16 January 2022.

Swimming pools

Public pools are not part of the closures but are subject to the following guidelines:

  • A corona passport is required for entry to the city’s swimming pools. The requirement does not apply to association or educational activities.
  • A face covering is also required at the city’s swimming pools. The face cover requirement does not apply during practice or when seated.
  • Sports events with paying audiences may not take place at the city’s pools until after 16 January 2022.

Signs will be posted with information about the restrictions and exemptions for associations and participants receiving instruction.

Skating rinks

Skating rinks are not included in the closure but are subject to the following guidelines:

  • A face mask is required at Ørestad and Østerbro skøjtehaller (skating rinks). The requirement does not apply during practice, nor when you are seated.
  • Sports events with paying audiences at the city’s skating rinks may not take place until after 16 January 2022.

Signs will be posted with information about the restrictions and exemptions for associations and participants receiving instruction.

Libraries and Stadsarkivet

The City of Copenhagen’s libraries and Stadsarkivet, the city archive, are open but require that visitors wear a face mask. The requirement does not apply when seated.

The face mask requirement also applies to adult companions of children visiting the Copenhagen Main Library’s floor for children, LÆS. However, in the event of a specific set of circumstances, such as when a child needs to be comforted or is frightened by the use of face masks, for example, the requirement may be relaxed.

Museums

The Museum of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsen’s Museum, and Nikolaj Kunsthal are closed 19 December 2021 to 16 January 2022, both days included.

Culture houses

The city’s culture houses are closed 19 December to 16 January 2022, both days included.

The closure also applies to associations, sports, and similar activities not otherwise included in the closure, as well as to the letting of facilities to private parties.

Music venues, stage performances, etc.

Venues and other places that host concerts, stage performances, lectures, cinema or big screen events, conferences, or fairs, are closed from 19 December 2021 to 16 January 2022, both days included.

Further information

You can find more information about the restrictions affecting the area of culture and leisure at the Ministry of Culture’s website.

Help for using the national aid packages

For complete information and guidance concerning the national aid packages, please see the Ministry of Culture website.   

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