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Reykjavík Weekend Gatherings Reported to Police

By Yelena

Reykjavík pond downtown
Photo: Golli. Downtown Reykjavík.

Capital Area Police received 14 noise complains from residential buildings between midnight on Saturday night and 5.00am on Sunday morning. The complaints were not in a concentrated area, rather spread across nine different postcodes. Authorities have expressed concern that the public is relaxing their infection prevention practices as a result of dropping domestic case numbers.

“We are afraid that people will start to relax too much and then we will get an upsurge in the pandemic,” stated Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist at a briefing in Reykjavík this morning. “It can happen and sneak up on us.” Iceland’s current gathering limit is 20, though 2-metre distancing is mandatory. Bars and pubs in the country have been closed since October after at least one group outbreak was traced to a downtown Reykjavík bar. Restaurants may close no later than 10.00pm, so those who choose to gather after that time are limited to doing so in private homes.

At the briefing, authorities also underlined the importance of getting tested if any symptoms are present and remaining in isolation until results have been received. Assistant to the Director of Civil Protection Rögnvaldur Ólafsson stated there were recent cases of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms out and about without having been tested or while waiting for test results.

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