Enterprises that are ordered to close by the state

If your enterprise has been ordered by the state to close, it affects the subsidy amount the enterprise may receive.

  • If your enterprise has been ordered by the state to close, the subsidy may amount to a maximum of 90% of your unavoidable fixed costs.
  • If your enterprise has not been ordered by the state to close, the subsidy may amount to a maximum of 80% of your unavoidable fixed costs.

In order for the enterprise to be considered closed by the state, at least 50% of the enterprise’s revenue in January and February 2020 must be generated directly from the activity that the state has ordered them to stop.

When the enterprise has been affected by an indirect drop in revenue, the enterprise is not considered ordered by the state to close. In this case, the subsidy may amount to a maximum of 80% of your unavoidable fixed costs.

Enterprises that have closed because they cannot comply with infection control requirements and/or the recommendations relating to physical distance and number of people in a group as prescribed in the Regulations regarding infection control requirements, etc. in connection with the coronavirus outbreak (the Covid-19 Regulations), are not considered closed by the state.
Many enterprises have been able to re-open, so there are different rules for determining which enterprises are considered closed in the various subsidy-months. See the rules for

  • March and April
  • May

The enterprises that are considered closed by the state have been changed by a regulatory change on 15 May 2020. The regulatory change applies from and including March. You may change an application you have already submitted.

The following enterprises are considered to be ordered to close by the state in March and April:

  1. Enterprises that were included in the decision of 12 March regarding being closed to comply with the Act Relating to Control of Communicable Diseases and section 12 subsection 1 letter E of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation from 16 April until 11 May 2020:

The following enterprises must stay closed:

  1. e) other educational or training institutions where more than 5 people are gathered in a group and where it is not possible to comply with the requirement of keeping a physical distance between people of at least 2 metres.

Driving schools, dance academies and riding schools are considered closed pursuant to this provision.

  1. Enterprises that were included in the decision of 12 March regarding being closed to comply with the Act Relating to Control of Communicable Diseases and section 14 of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation from 27 March:

The following enterprises must stay closed:

  1. a)    Non-food-serving establishments. This includes cafes, bars, pubs and establishments such as discotheques, nightclubs or similar.
  2. b)   Enterprises that offer hairdressing services, skin care, massages and body treatments, tattoos, piercings and similar.
  3. c)    Gyms, swimming pools, water parks, amusement parks, bingo halls and similar.

The following types of enterprises are also considered closed under this provision:

  • Saunas
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Experience centres
  • Play centres
  • Bowling halls
  • Go-cart
  • Coach holidays (bus)
  • Dance studios
  1. Enterprises that were included in the decision of 12 March regarding being closed to comply with the Act Relating to Control of Communicable Diseases and section 16 of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation from 27 March:

The following public and private enterprises outside the specialist health services may only offer services if they have implemented the basic requirements for infection control measures:

  • physiotherapists, including manual therapists
  • chiropractors
  • opticians
  • pedicurists
  • speech therapists
  • psychologists
  • enterprises that offer alternative treatments
  • other enterprises outside the specialist health services that offer services that are not considered necessary healthcare
  1. Dentists

In the guidelines for dental services on 12 March, a recommendation was made to postpone all non-urgent dental treatments. The recommendation applied to all personnel involved with dental treatments, for example dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, etc., and it applied to both the public and private dental service. The recommendation was in effect up until 20 April. Dental clinics are therefore considered closed by the state for the subsidy-months March and April.

The following enterprises are considered to be ordered to close by the state in May:

  1. Enterprises that were included in section 12 subsection 1 letter E of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation from 16 April until 11 May 2020:

The following enterprises must stay closed:

  1. e) other educational or training institutions where more than 5 people are gathered in a group and where it is not possible to comply with the requirement of keeping a physical distance between people of at least 2 metres.

Driving schools, dance academies and riding schools are considered closed pursuant to this provision.

  1. Enterprises that were included in section 14 of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation of 7 May 2020:

The following enterprises must stay closed:

  1. a)    Non-food-serving establishments. This includes cafes, bars, pubs and establishments such as discotheques, nightclubs or similar.
  2. b)    Gyms, swimming pools, water parks, amusement parks and similar.
  3. c) Bingo halls, amusement arcades and similar.

The following types of enterprises are also considered closed under this provision:

  • Saunas
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Experience centres
  • Play centres
  • Bowling halls
  • Go-cart
  • Coach holidays (bus)
  • Dance studios

(+) Enterprises that as of May are no longer considered closed by the state

The following enterprises have been able to re-open, and they are therefore no longer considered to be ordered to close by the state for the subsidy-month May:

  1. Enterprises that were included in section 14 of the Covid-19 Regulations, as per the formulation up until 27 April:

Enterprises that offer hairdressing services, skin care, massages and body treatments, tattoos, piercings and similar.

  1. Enterprises that are included in section 16 of the Covid-19 Regulations:
  • Physiotherapists, including manual therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Opticians
  • Pedicurists
  • Speech therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Enterprises that offer alternative treatments
  • Other enterprises outside the specialist health services that offer services that are not considered necessary healthcare

The requirement in the Covid-19 Regulations regarding maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres between the practitioner and the patient was repealed on 16 April, replaced by a requirement that they have established routines for hygiene, etc. Since a general prohibition against this kind of business activity no longer exists, replaced by the requirement that the individual service providers adapt to the infection control requirements for the industry, these enterprises are no longer considered closed by the state.

  1. Dentists

Decisions made by the municipality regarding closures are not considered state-ordered closures

If the enterprise has closed due to a decision by the municipality, and the closure is not a result of a decision by the state, the enterprise will not be considered as being ordered to close.

Cancelled cultural and sports events are not considered ordered closures

Those who have had to cancel cultural and sporting events to comply with section 13 of the Covid-19 Regulations are not considered ordered by the state to close.

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