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On using face masks

It is a requirement that you wear a face mask in public transport and when you are not seated in restaurants, cafés, fast food restaurants etc. In addition, the Danish Health Authority recommends the use of face masks in several situations and if you are someone at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Get an overview of our recommendations and tips on how to use a face mask.

When should I wear a face mask?

Everyone must wear a face mask in public transport and in indoor sit-down restaurants, cafés, bakeries, fast food restaurants, etc. Thus, bakeries and fast food restaurants, etc. with no indoor table service are exempt. You only need to wear the face mask when you stand or walk  not when you are seated at the table.
However, as soon as you get up and move about you need to put on a face mask. 


In addition, we recommend that you use a face mask:

  • At large gatherings, e.g. processions/demonstrations.
  • If you might be infected and need to leave your home, e.g. to go to and from the test site.
  • If you are at higher risk of severe illness COVID-19 and cannot keep a distance of at least 2 metres, e.g. at the mall, at a celebration or a cultural event.
  • If you are a relative/loved one of a person at higher risk outside your immediate household and you are unable to keep your distance from that person, e.g. because to need to provide care and attention to that person.

Even if you wear a face mask, you must continue to comply with the Danish Health Authority's general recommendations on social distancing and hand hygiene.

Pamphlet: Use of face mask in public areas

Poster: How to use a face mask

Film - When should you wear a face mask?

How to use a face mask correctly

Face masks should be used correctly to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria to yourself and others.

  • Before use: wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Find out which side of the mask is the front. It is usually the coloured side.
  • Put on the face mask by taking hold of the elastic ear loops. Make sure the face mask sits tightly against your face and covers your nose as well as your mouth.
  • 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 taking hold of the elastic ear loops and dispose of the used mask immediately.
    Place fabric face masks in a bag and wash them at 60o.
    Do not reuse a face mask – throw out disposable face masks or wash your fabric face mask.
  • After use: wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Film - How to use a face mask

Which type of face mask should I use?

Use disposable face masks that are factory-made and CE-approved, and preferably with elastics ear loops.

For CE-certified face masks, the degree of protection is documented. Never reuse disposable face masks.

You can also use fabric face masks. See our FAQ on tips for using fabric face masks.

Film - Choice of face mask

Who is exempt from wearing face masks?

Face masks should only be worn by people who can use it properly, and the face mask should fit tightly to the face. Children up to the age of 12 and citizens with physical or mental conditions that prevent proper use are therefore exempt from wearing face masks. Citizens who, for example, due to respiratory disorders, experience significant discomfort when using a face mask are also exempt. Bear in mind that there may be a good reason why a person is not wearing a face mask and that the cause is not always visible.

You can remove your face mask if the situation calls for it, e.g. while eating or drinking, talking to someone who relies on being able to read your lips, if you experience severe discomfort, and if the police need to make an identification.

Film - About children and others who may find it difficult to wear a face mask 

Updated 18 SEP 2020