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‘There’s Plenty of Food’

The importation of food and goods to Iceland will continue unhindered, says the Icelandic Federation of Trade (FA). This comes per an announcement made on the Federation’s website on Friday, which aims to discourage Icelanders from hoarding food and goods while concerns about COVID-19 persist.

The announcement goes on to say that import companies in Iceland have received updates from their foreign suppliers outlining the measures being taken to ensure that there will be no interruption to the delivery of goods. Most large and medium-sized outfits have also taken internal measures to combat the spread of the virus, such as dividing their staff into different shifts so that they do not come into contact with one another and isolating the operations of different work sites. Many importers have also placed larger than usual orders for supplies that are on the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s list of desirable household supplies in the case of a flu outbreak.

Authorities’ request that Icelanders forgo stockpiling food and goods is particularly relevant in light of the recent state ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people, as crowding in grocery stores obviously makes it difficult for people to maintain more distance between one another. Following directives from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, staff members and/or employees of independent security companies will, in fact, begin monitoring the number of people entering or exiting shops and stores in order to prevent over-crowding. The number of employees working at any given time will also be monitored.

According to FA CEO Ólafur Stephensen, “the importation and supply status of essential goods is operating as per usual and so there is currently no reason to hoard goods.”

His assertion was seconded by Guðmundur Marteinsson, the CEO of the Bónus grocery store chain, in a TV interview on Thursday evening. “There are plenty of goods in the country,” he remarked. “There’s plenty of food. We don’t need to worry about this too much. We’ll take deep breaths, get through this together. The next few weeks are going to be difficult. But summer will come, and then everything will get brighter.”


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