Parents with their children stand in a queue waiting to get inside Stengaard School following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak north of Copenhagen, Denemark, April 15, 2020 [Ritzau Scanpix/Bo Amstrup/via Reuters]

Denmark has eased its coronavirus lockdown measures by reopening schools and daycare centres, but concerns they might become breeding grounds for a second wave of infections have convinced thousands of parents to keep their children at home.

The rate of new cases is falling, but the government’s decision on Wednesday led to a heated debate over how to balance the needs of the economy and the safety of the population – in this case, its youngest citizens.


“I won’t be sending my children off no matter what,” said Sandra Andersen, the founder of

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