As of today, Friday, March 28, the Blue Lagoon has re-opened all of its facilities. The company has hired a total of 112 new employees over the past weeks and intends on hiring more staff this summer, Víkurfréttir reports.
All facilities re-opened
The Blue Lagoon – one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations – has been almost entirely closed for business since October 8 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company announced limited opening hours in April and May, but as of Friday, March 28, all of the lagoon’s facilities will re-open. These facilities include the lagoon itself, the Retreat Spa, the Blue Lagoon’s four restaurants and two hotels, along with the company’s skincare shop and research and development centre.
According to Víkurfréttir, the Blue Lagoon has recently hired 112 new employees and plans on adding more people to its staff over the summer months. Grímur Sæmundsen, CEO of the Blue Lagoon, has expressed optimism for the summer: “Following an unprecedented winter, it is now more important than ever to take good care of one’s body and soul and to enjoy a pleasant summer.”
One-third now fully vaccinated
The government has now fully vaccinated a third of its target population, with two-thirds of Icelanders having received both doses of the vaccine. In an interview with RÚV yesterday, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that very few vaccinated individuals have been subsequently infected with COVID-19. “Those who have been infected have either just recently received their first or second jab; no one has fell seriously ill.”
The health authorities plan on vaccinating approximately 14,000 people next week with vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Jansen.
According to government regulations, fully vaccinated travelers need to take a PCR test upon arrival at the international airport. They are then required to self-isolate until they receive their test results (within a 24-hour period). These guidelines are currently in effect until June 15, 2021.