The strategy also allows restaurants and bars to gradually extend their opening hours

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Denmark will ditch the use of masks and allow 9,000 more fans to attend European Championship football matches in Copenhagen, its government said on Thursday, under a deal to ease lockdown rules.

The Nordic country has avoided a third Covid-19 wave with broad lockdown measures introduced in late December and has gradually reopened as infection rates have dropped.

With the new deal, 25,000 fans will be allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches taking place in Copenhagen, up from around 16,000 fans.

The Danes are set to play Finland, Belgium and Russia at the Parken Stadium, which will also host one of the last-16 games in the tournament, which was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will take place from June 11-July 11.

However, the Danish Football Association told broadcaster TV2 it was not ready for 25,000 fans at the national stadium when Denmark plays its first match against Finland on Saturday.

Masks will no longer be mandatory from June 14, except for standing passengers on public transport, the government said of the deal, which also allows for restaurants and bars to gradually extend their opening hours.

"The development in infections is at a stable level while the vaccinations of Danes run at a good pace," said Nick Haekkerup, the justice minister.

Valid Covid-19 passports are currently required in order to access many facilities, but from June 14 the Coronapass will not be needed for leisure centres and libraries. The pass will be abolished in October. 

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So far Denmark has administered almost four million vaccinations – an average of approximately 52,242 doses each day.

Infections have decreased by 21 per cent from their peak on December 18, with around 734 new cases reported on average per day.