From May 18th, the Danish Church and other registered faith communities are allowed to open churches again including parishes, parish halls and other premises to the public.
How many people at a time?
Outdoors: The assembly ban of up to 10 people applies to outdoor activities, except for funerals and burials.
Indoors: The assembly ban no longer applies to church premises. However there must not be more than one person per 4 square meters.
Limit physical contact and avoid handshakes, pecks on the cheek and hugs when greeting others at church.
Keep at least 1 meter of distance between people in the church and parish. However, keep at least 2 meters distance if there is singing, because there may be an increased risk of contamination when exhaling heavily. If you are accompanied by someone you live with, you can sit closer to each other.
Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Do this when you arrive at the church or parish, between the various activities and when you return home. If you have young children with you, then help them with hand washing.
Cough or sneeze in your sleeve. If you cough in a paper towel or your hands, wash your hands afterwards.
Listen to church employees
Follow church staff directions and keep an eye out for posters that tell you how many people are allowed nside the room at the same time. Right now churches are figuring out how to perform hymns and sacraments, among other things, in a sound and safe way. Depending on floor space, staffing and the like, there may be differences in how to use the church spaces safely. If you have any doubts about the guidelines for church services and other activities, ask the staff.
The general recommendations for distance, hygiene and so on are continually adapted to the fit the changing situation, so keep an eye on what the Danish Health Authorities are reporting.
Please note that reopening and guidelines are only applicable to registered faith communities and that non-registered communities, churches and congregations are still subject to the assembly ban and general corona guidelines.
The Interchurch Council and Danish Migrant Network will continue to translate and share relevant COVID-19 guidelines regarding churches and faith communities.
By Anne Katrine Ebbesen