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Changes to Current COVID-19 Restrictions from Minister of Health

By Yelena

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Photo: Unfolded Face Mask” by NurseTogether is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 .

Current regulations regarding mask use and the number of customers in stores and swimming pools have been updated by Minister of Health Svandís Svarasdóttir. The Minister decided to make the updates to the current COVID-19 restrictions that took effect on July 31 following a recommendation from the Chief Epidemiologist. The updated restrictions will stand for the same duration, until August 13.

Mandatory Mask Use and 50% Capacity at Pools

Firstly, the updated regulations will make mask use mandatory for all trips on public transportation lasting longer than 30 minutes. There had been confusion on this issue recently following contradicting statements from Strætó representatives.

The changes also clarify how many customers are permitted in stores and swimming pools at one time, applying the same regulations used earlier this year. In addition to upholding 2-metre distancing, pools will not be permitted to operate at over 50% capacity.

The changes also ban the granting of exemptions for events that may encourage gatherings past 11.00pm, the time when bars and restaurants are currently mandated to close.

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