02. October 2020
As from 22 August 2020, public transport passengers will be required to wear face masks or shields. The same applies to public transport staff.
If you use public transport
The Danish Health Authority advises you to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre and, in particular, to avoid getting close to others if you have face-to-face contact. However, in a number of situations, it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least 1 metre for a long period of time. This could be if passengers are seated on long journeys on buses, trains or planes where the seating layout does not make it possible to maintain a distance of 1 metre. In that case, the Danish Health Authority advises passengers to be seated facing the same direction and to avoid face-to-face contact at a distance of less than 1 metre.
As from 22 August 2020, public transport passengers will be required to wear face masks or shields on public transport. The same applies to public transport staff.
The Danish Health Authority also advises you to bring hand sanitizer or wipes when moving around many people in places with many contact points, such as on public transport.
Guidelines and suggestions for passengers using public transport
Many people often stand or sit very close on public transport. It is therefore relevant to take precautions to contain the spread of the virus.
1. Wear a face mask when using public transport
As from 22 August 2020, public transport passengers will be required to wear face masks or shields.
2. Walk or take the bike at short distances
If you are just going travel a short distance, consider walking or taking the bike, if possible. In that way you will avoid getting in close contact with other people during the journey and there will be more space for other passengers who may not have the same options.
3. Travel outside of rush hours
Passengers on buses, trains, in the Metro etc. often have to stand very close during rush hours. Consider whether it is possible for you to travel outside of rush hours by rescheduling an appointment or going to work earlier or later in the day.
4. Show consideration for other passengers
Do not cough or sneeze in the direction of other passengers. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Make sure not to cough or sneeze when around elderly passengers.
5. Remember to maintain good hand hygiene
Passengers using public transport often need to hold on to handrails etc. to keep their balance. Correct and thorough hand hygiene is an effective way to protect yourself against the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. Consider this when you are or have been in direct contact with touch points (handles, stop buttons etc.) used by other passengers. You are advised to bring hand sanitizer or wipes on your ride.
6. Do not use public transport if you have symptoms or suspect that you are infected
Please show consideration for others by not using public transport if you have symptoms or suspect that you are infected. If you arrive in an airport from another country and have symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect that you are infected, you must take your own car home.
If you travel by plane
In step with the gradual reopening of Denmark, the number of airline passengers at Danish airports is expected to increase over time. Accordingly, on 4 June 2020, the Danish aviation sector entered into a voluntary agreement with the Minister for Transport on Danish airports' and airline companies' implementation of and compliance with a slightly adjusted version of the new guidelines on the safe handling of COVID-19 at airports and on board planes, which was published on 21 May 2020 by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In addition to the Danish Health Authority's general recommendations on good hygiene and COVID-19, it is also a consequence of the new guidelines that passengers must wear surgical face masks from the moment they enter a terminal and while on board a flight until they leave the terminal after their arrival. The guidelines of the EASA and the ECDC are available here.
If you have further questions about the specific guidelines applicable to your journey, please contact the airport to/from which you are travelling or your airline company.