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Social Restrictions to be Eased on Monday

By Ragnar Tómas

Katrín Jakobsdóttir COVID-19 mask
Photo: deCODE genetics. Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir at the presentation of a deCODE study on vaccination against COVID-19, April 29, 2021.

After a record number of Icelanders were vaccinated this week, the government announced that social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be eased on Monday. Approximately 47% of those whom the government intends to vaccinate, have received at least their first jab, RÚV reports.

Record number of vaccinations

On the heels of the biggest vaccination week in Iceland, where 40,000 people were inoculated, the government announced today that social restrictions will be eased on Monday, May 10. The current tally of Icelanders who have received one or both doses of the vaccine stands at 138,577, or 37.6% of Iceland’s population.

From 20 people to 50

The new regulation will see the number of people allowed to gather in one place rise from 20 people to 50. Swimming pools, camping sites, and ski slopes will be allowed to increase their number of guests to 75% capacity. The same holds for gyms, with the added caveat that no more than 50 people are allowed to gather within each designated area.

The number of sports competitors allowed within each designated area will be increased to 75 from 50, and the same goes for performers on stage (or during other cultural events generally). The number of seated guests allow within a designated area at an event—whether regarding the performing arts, religious events, etc.—will be increased from 100 to 150.

The number of people allowed inside stores will be increased from 100 to 200, and restaurants are allowed to stay open until 10 pm (guests must leave the premises before 11 pm). The two-meter rule will continue to be in effect.

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