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Iceland Bans Gatherings Over 100 Due to COVID-19

By Yelena

COVID-19 Iceland
Photo: Golli. From left: Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, Director of Health Alma Möller.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Icelandic authorities have banned gatherings of over 100 people as of 12.00am this coming Monday, March 16 for a period of four weeks. All universities and junior colleges (menntaskólar) will close during this period. This is the first such ban to be enacted in Iceland’s history.

The Prime Minister, Chief Epidemiologist, and Ministers of Education and Health announced the new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland at a press conference held at 11.00am this morning.

Primary schools and preschools remain open

Gatherings over 100 people will be banned for four weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, and universities and junior colleges will be closed across the country, though courses will continue being taught online. Primary schools and preschools in the country will remain open, but will be subject to stricter measures, including limiting class sizes and maintaining space between students.

Workplaces enforce rules themselves

Venues and organisations hosting events for groups smaller than 100 individuals are also subject to stricter guidelines, primarily ensuring that there are two metres of space between attendees. Workplaces and institutions are charged with applying and enforcing the regulation themselves.

The ban does not apply to Keflavík International Airport or international ports or vessels.

Information from Directorate of Health

Individuals located in Iceland are asked to report symptoms (cough, fever, and muscle aches) to 1700 (+354 544-4113 for foreign numbers) and review travel history.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in Iceland, visit the Directorate of Health website.

This article will be updated as more details on the gathering ban are released.

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