COVID-19 In Iceland: Restrictions Remain Largely Unchanged Skip to content

COVID-19 In Iceland: Restrictions Remain Largely Unchanged

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir
Photo: Ministry of Health. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir.

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has issued new infection prevention regulations which go into effect tomorrow. The restrictions will remain largely unchanged except for further regulation on event registration and buffets and will be in effect until April 9.

According to the new regulations, all guests at all events, such as religious events, cultural or sporting events, conferences, or other comparable events must sit in numbered seats and event holders are required to register each guest’s name, personal ID number, and phone number. Selling or offering refreshments during intermission will not be allowed and people should stay in their seats. If the audience is compartmentalised, event organisers should make sure there are no more than 50 people in each compartment and that the audience does not move between compartments.

The regulations are based on  Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason’s recommendations, differing only slightly in that he suggested buffets shouldn’t be allowed. The regulation stipulates that you can have buffets but guests should disinfect their hands both before and after partaking, wear a mask, and keep a social distance of two metres.

Restrictions were relaxed slightly on January 13, February 8, and February 24. A 50-person gathering limit is in effect and a two-metre distancing rule is in effect in all regions of the country for those who do not have a close relationship. Mask use is mandatory in shops and on public transportation. Shops may admit 5 customers per 10 square metres of space, up to a limit of 200 customers. Mask use is mandatory in shops. Bars, clubs, and restaurants are open but may not operate later than 11.00 pm and may not accept new guests after 10.00 pm. Swimming pools and gyms are open but may not operate at over 75% capacity. Performing arts and sports events are permitted with up to 200 adults in the audience (children are exempt from gathering restrictions). All guests must be seated and wearing masks and a 1-metre distancing applies. No alcohol may be served at performances.

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