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COVID-19 in Iceland: Mask Regulations and Gathering Limits Relaxed

By Yelena

A crowd in Hlemmur Food Hall
Photo: Golli. Hlemmur food hall in Reykjavík.

Loosened social restrictions took effect today in Iceland, where no new domestic COVID-19 cases were reported over the weekend. The new restrictions raise the general gathering limit from 50 to 150 people, reduce distancing to 1 metre for certain activities and remove the mask requirement in shops. The regulations will remain in effect until June 16, inclusively.

The new restrictions are as follows:

  • The general gathering limit is 150 people.
  • General 2-metre distancing between people who do not have a close relationship remains in effect at workplaces and other activities. Distancing of 1 metre is the general rule in schools, restaurants, and swimming pools as well as for recreational activities and at events with seated guests.
  • Masks must be used when distancing cannot be ensured, such as on public transport, in taxis, at hair salons, massage parlours, and other similar activities. They are also a requirement at seated events such as concerts. Mask use is no longer a general requirement in shops or workplaces.
  • Swimming pools, gyms, and ski slopes are open and permitted to operate at 100% capacity.
  • Restaurants and nightclubs with a liquor licence may remain open until 11.00pm. All guests must leave the premises by midnight. Patrons must be served at their tables; bar service is not permitted. Guests must be registered by name, ID number, and telephone number.
  • Children born 2015 or later are exempt from gathering limits and distancing regulations. Children born 2005 and later are exempt from mask use regulations.

Performing arts events, religious gatherings, and athletic events may host up to 300 seated guests with certain restrictions. More detailed information on the restrictions is available in English on the official COVID-19 website of the government of Iceland.

Icelandic authorities have outlined a plan to lift all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in stages by late June as vaccination efforts progress. Vaccination schedules suggest 75% of the population will have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine at that time. The plan is contingent upon vaccine distribution schedules and the Directorate of Health’s vaccination schedule.

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