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Face masks

When used correctly, wearing a face mask can supplement other infection prevention measures.

On face masks

1. When are face masks recommended?

The Danish Health Authority recommends that you wear a face mask in the following situations:

  • If you are infected with new coronavirus and exceptionally have to break self-isolation, e.g. if treatment is needed
  • When you are being tested for new coronavirus
  • In the waiting room at a general practice, the on-call doctor and an ear/nose/throat specialist practice, if you have respiratory symptoms

For further information, please visit en.coronasmitte.dk

2. How to use a face mask correctly

Face masks must be worn correctly to avoid spreading the virus and bacteria to yourself and others.

  • Before use: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on the face mask.
  • Find out which side of the mask is the front. For disposable face masks, it is usually the coloured side.
  • Put on the face mask by holding the elastic ear loops. Make sure it fits tightly to your face and covers both your nose, cheeks and chin.
  • Do not touch the face mask during use. Change it often and always put on a new one if it gets wet or dirty.
  • Remove the face mask by holding the elastic ear loops, and discard it immediately in a waste or litter bin. Put it in a bag until you can throw it in the waste, or if you need to reuse it after having used it only briefly. Put fabric face masks in a bag and wash them at 60 degrees. 
  • After use: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

3. Those exempt from wearing face masks

Face masks, shields and visors should only be worn by people who can put them on and take them off themselves. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from wearing face coverings.

You are allowed to take off your face mask or visor – fully wholly or partly – if you have a good reason to do so, such as:

  • To eat or drink.
  • During a conversation with a person who lip-reads.
  • If you feel you cannot breathe and that you are choking when you are wearing a face mask or visor, for example, if you suffer from COPD or anxiety.
  • If the police want to verify your identity.
  • If you need to comfort someone who, for various reasons, is frightened by the sight of a face mask or visor.
  • If the face mask causes significant discomfort - worsens your allergies, causes eczema or worsens other skin diseases.
  • Physical or mental conditions that prevent proper use or the performance of important functions - for example, people with, e.g. impaired vision or hearing ability, developmental inhibition, paralysis, brain damage, dementia or anything else that prevents them from wearing face masks or visors.

Learn more at en.coronasmitte.dk

And please keep in mind that there may be a perfectly valid reason why someone is not wearing a face mask, and that the cause is not always visible.

You are not required to produce proof in the form of a medical certificate, for example, to document why you are not wearing a face mask, and no one – either on public transport, restaurants, shops, etc. – can demand such documentation from you. We do not recommend that someone who, for the reasons listed above, are unable to wear face masks or visors is denied access or turned away. Please always give someone the benefit of the doubt.

The Danish Health Authority has created badges for citizens who wish to either signal that others should keep their distance or that they are exempt from wearing face masks/visors. Learn more about these badges. 

Further information 

en.coronasmitte.dk (website)

Updated 05 NOV 2021