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Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir
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COVID-19 in Iceland: Current Restrictions Extended for One Week

Iceland’s current social restrictions will be extended for an additional week. The country-wide restrictions include a 20-person gathering limit, mandated closing times for bars and restaurants, and a 50% capacity cap for gyms and swimming pools. Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir stated she expects restrictions to be relaxed significantly later this month, RÚV reports.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason submitted his recommendations for updated COVID-19 restrictions to the Health Ministry on Sunday. They were reviewed by the cabinet in its weekly meeting this Tuesday morning. Þórólfur considered that domestic infections still needed to even out more before restrictions could be relaxed. Iceland currently has 167 active cases of COVID-19 and has reported between 4-10 new domestic cases per day over the last week.

In addition to those mentioned above, Iceland’s current restrictions include mandatory mask use in shops and on public transportation, as well as a general two-metre distancing rule for those who do not have a close relationship.

Nearly 40% to Have Received Jab by Friday

The Health Minister stated that the government planned to stick to their schedule for lifting all domestic restrictions by late June (in stages) as more of the population is inoculated. Nearly 40% of the population will have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this week as vaccination efforts speed up in pace with vaccine rollout.

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