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Women sit outside a restaurant in Roskilde, Denmark, after cafes and bars were reopened on April 21, 2021. Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File

After 548 days with restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, Denmark has become one of the first European Union nations to lift nearly all domestic restrictions within their country.

Almost all the restrictions, including the forced masking and enforcement of the “corona pass” vaccine passport, have been lifted with some exceptions like mask mandates that remain for flying around the nation.

“Everyday life has pretty much returned to normal, but it does not mean that there is no danger,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told the Danish broadcaster TV2 on Friday.

Numerous professors specializing in the field of virology weighed in on the decision, with many supporting it.

“At the moment, I think that we have reason to favor lifting restrictions, but this does not mean that we would not go back to restrictions later on,” Jens Lundgren, professor of viral diseases at Copenhagen University Hospital, told Xinhua news agency.

“I wouldn’t say it is too early. We have opened the door but we have also said that we can close it if needed,” Soeren Riis Paludan, a professor of virology with the Aarhus University in Denmark’s second-largest city, told The Associated Press.

The Denmark Ministry of Health appears to support the decision as well, making a positive statement regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic on August 27th.

“The pandemic is under control, we have record high vaccination rates. Therefore, we can drop some special rules we have had to introduce in the fight against Covid-19.”

According to the Ministry of Health, some “minor restrictions will still apply around utilities like wastewater, entry restrictions to medical establishments and care homes as well as the requirement for facemasks at airports and onboard planes to comply with international rules.”

The Health Minister said that Denmark has placed further orders for “millions of vaccines”, including types that reportedly will tackle new variants.

Many Danish citizens are welcoming the news of a society that will be much more normal than the previous year and a half or so of their lives.

“I think it’s very good, so hopefully we can get back to a normal day in the restaurant business without checking people and just no restrictions whatsoever. That’s nice,” said Ralph Marker, a Danish cafe owner.