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Swimming Pools to Remain Open; New Restrictions on Prison and Nursing Home Visits

By Larissa Kyzer

Reykjavík swimming pool Laugardalslaug
Photo: Families enjoy the sun at Laugardalslaug pool in Reykjavík..

Swimming pools in Reykjavík will remain open for the next two weeks, RÚV reports, even as the number of people who can gather together in one place will go back down to 100 on Friday afternoon.

Pool visitors will be expected to maintain two-metre distancing, sanitizing spray will be made available to all guests, and distance markers will be used in hot pots and steam baths. The opening hours for the pools will remain the same as usual.

Tightened safety measures will be evident elsewhere in the city as well. For one, the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo will be limiting its intake of daily visitors and will be cancelling all programing and closing a number of exhibits, such as the furred animal and reptile houses.

In order to better protect vulnerable populations from infection, the city has also decided to limit the number of visitors to people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities for the elderly, as well as residential areas and group homes for individuals with disabilities.

Lastly, visits to incarcerated individuals will be disallowed for the present, as will all permissions for prisoners to leave the premises on day passes or for work or study outside of the prison. These restrictions are to be temporary and are intended to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading amongst the prison population.

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