At 11.55 got a truck running from Padborg and slowly towards the border. Curious from both the Danish and the German side was stimlet together to see the historic moment.
The last cars were allowed to zip through, and a cheerful hjemmeværnsmand called the last Mercedes to play in the lotto.
- It is your day today. You reached it just in time, he said with a smile, as he waved the car through.
At the stroke of 12 was betonklodserne lowered down, and ten of the smaller border crossings between Germany and Denmark was closed. Forward to 13. april, the cars run over by Kruså, Frøslev and Cumshot.
Exactly 12: 00 pm was the border at Padborg closed. It all happened quietly, and many of the curious had come to look with. Photo: Ernst van Norde
In Padborg held several confused motorists in the queue and waited to be able to get through. It was only when annually up began to go down through the little traffic jam and tell you that the GPS should be set to Kruså, that people fully grasped what had happened.
Many danes were down to trade, as they just did not reach the Danish/German border, before it was too late. They had all run to Kruså. Photo: Ernst van Norde
Padborgs Mayor, Thomas Andresen, was one of the spectators who had turned up to follow the progress.
- I'm actually surprised that they close the here limit completely. There are approximately 500 trucks that run through here every day, and we have Northern europe's largest transport centre.
- When it is said and done, I am 100 percent up for it. The Virus is a serious matter, and we should all show borgeransvar and take this seriously.
Padborgs Mayor, Thomas Andresen, was at the border, as it is for dinner no longer possible to run from the Frontier to Germany. Photo: Ernst van Norde
even Though citizens in Padborg will now be Kruså to cross the border, thinking the mayor is not, that it's going to mean something to the citizens of the city.
- We must still think about whether it is necessary to head to take out. The only thing I can think of, is that it of course has a symbolic significance, now that it is the 100th anniversary of the German reunification.
--------- SPLIT ELEMENT ---------Have had to return on
Although it was not many, there was still someone who had to turn the car around and drive back to Germany. One of them was Rene Spiegelberger from Hamburg.
- We were up here to meet with an architect in connection with the genforeningsåret. We are about to make a big project around it.
Rene Spiegelberger was one of the germans who today had to turn the car around. Photo: Ernst van Norde
- I knew really well, that would be closed, but we just had to find a 'location' for our project here at the border. However, I think that it is an important matter, so we turn around and run back to Germany, saith the Rene Spiegelberger.
the Police are ready
- The big difference from yesterday to today, is that we instead of random is now running full control. For that we can do it most optimally, we have reduced the limits from 10 to three, says inspector Brian Fussing from the South and the Sønderjyllandspoliti.
If there are any, which, nevertheless, will take their car and drive around betonklodserne at some of the smaller border crossings, are the police ready.
- If there is someone who is illegally going into the country, we can't 100 percent guarantee that it will not happen. But we are ready with operational solutions, which keeps the supervision of the sites. In addition, we are also ready with solutions, if it should be a problem.
- We expect, however, that when it here precipitate themselves, we will see significantly less travelers in the coming weeks.
Inspector Brian Fussing, south and South - Sønderjyllandspoliti. Photo: Ernst van Norde
--------- SPLIT ELEMENT ---------Reactions from the borderlands
Michael Kragh, 40 years old, the town of Gråsten.
I think it is too late, that they close the borders. What good is it to close schools and day care centers, if not also that we close the external borders? However, I think that it is positive, it is being done now. We must take it seriously.
Photo: Ernst van Norde
I think it is terrible. I have come here today to pick up my daughter from Berlin. She has not been able to come up with a train, so she found some nice people who will run her here to the border. I is so come to pick her up the last piece of the way home.
Photo: Ernst van Norde
I think that it is unfortunate but necessary. We enjoy using the Flensburg city, because we think it is such a lovely city. But we are certainly concerned about, and that is most worrying, is that we do not know how long it's going to stand on.
Photo: Ernst van Norde